This morning I came across the following video clip which I thought some of my readers might find interesting. It’s a short clip where both JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson are being interviewed about their thoughts on how they would approach each movie they directed.
Check it out for yourself right here:
They both use the same term “bubble” where Rian Johnson explains how he cuts himself off from external influences (I think he is referring to fans here) that could influence what he is trying to create. JJ Abrams uses the term in a different context where it’s bad to be in the bubble because you’re not listening to the fans when you should be.
We know that huge changes were made from one film to the next and that’s largely because of how these directors approach the task – Rian cuts himself off and sticks to his plan or his creative team’s plan for the story and J J Abrams does the opposite. Which one of them is right? Are they both wrong?
This forbes article discusses examples of the crucial changes that were made in detail, particularly Rey’s parentage which was a huge plot twist. Irrespective of what either director has to say about the sequel movies, nothing is ever set in stone and change is part of the creative process. Is this annoying for the fans? Hell, yes! But it’s also something that most of us should expect in any film regardless of what franchise it comes from. I guess when it’s your favourite franchise that happens to be turned upside-down, it is a little more frustrating to endure. But again, that’s part of being a dedicated fan – not everything will will go the way you want it too.
What do you think about this video clip? Do you think both directors were right to change certain events in the films? Or do you think the changes they made did more to split the fandom than keep it together?
Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you tomorrow or in the comments!