The world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first Force-powered flick in a brand new trilogy, only took place last night, but director JJ Abrams has already long been thinking of what comes next for the franchise.
Speaking with Slashfilm, Abrams revealed that he's been working on ideas for Episode VIII with director Rian Johnson for some time, and explained some of the process behind mapping out the the next trilogy.
"We don’t write a treatment but there are countless times we came up with something and said 'Oh, this would be so great for Episode VIII!' or 'thats what we could get to in IX!' It was just that kind of forward-moving story", Abrams said.
"But we knew this had to neither be a backwards-moving nostalgic trip only nor a beginning of a movie without a satisfying conclusion, and that was part of the balancing act — embracing what we have inherited and using that where and whenever possible to tell a story that hasn’t been seen yet. We also knew that certain things were inevitable in our minds but that didn’t mean it would be inevitable for whoever came in next".
And it seems that even The Force Awakens, due to the way it will weave into a further two films, has already been in part a collaborative process between the directors.
I tried to be as accommodating as I could," said Abrams. "And it's so cool to see what happens next in a way that only someone as talented as Rian could do".
Episode VIII may not be due until 2017, but you can watch The Force Awakens in cinemas this week, hitting cinemas tomorrow from midnight on the 17th December. The first Star Wars spin-off movie from British director Gareth Edwards is due next winter. [Slashfilm]