Whether you’re a “Star Wars” superfan, you only like the original trilogy, or you’re just a fan of every new movie Disney comes out with, chances are you’re at least a little intrigued by what’s coming next in “The Rise of Skywalker,” the ninth installment of the Skywalker saga.
The most recent trailer has certainly caused the internet to buzz with excitement (and even some frustration). But just like the trailer hasn’t pleased everyone, the movie won’t either — at least, that’s what director J.J. Abrams says.
As Comicbook points out, the “Star Wars” franchise has some of the most passionate fans to ever exist. The fandom encompasses multiple generations who have both grown up with the franchise and even those who haven’t gotten into the films until recently but are arguably just as hooked. There are fans who love anything and everything “Star Wars,” no matter what, simply because it’s “Star Wars.” But there are also those who are so passionate, they tend to take their love for the franchise a bit too far.
J.J. Abrams, director of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” recently shared how he recognizes the criticism that can come with creating films with such a huge and dedicated fanbase. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made billions of dollars at the box office and was wildly successful, although it has faced more than its fair share of criticisms.
In a recent interview at D23 Expo, Abrams was asked how he deals with fans who don’t agree with the direction the Skywalker saga has gone. His response was understanding and reasonable, and he even admitted that with a movie like “The Rise of Skywalker, ” it’s impossible to please every fan.
“You just have to be grateful for them, because you don’t want to be working on something no-one cares about,” Abrams said in an interview with Marvelous TV. “And you have to understand that they’ve got their opinions and, of course, you have to value them. You’re never going to please everyone, you have to know that going in, and just do the best you can. I’m nothing but thankful as someone who considers myself a fan. I can’t wait for them to see the film.”
It’s awesome that Abrams calls himself a fan, because with a franchise as meaningful as “Star Wars,” it’s only fitting for the films to be created by fans, for fans. In another interview with the Associated Press, Abrams explained some of the storytelling choices they have made with the Skywalker saga as well as what makes “The Rise of Skywalker” so fun and unique.
“The story that we’re telling, the story that we started to conceive when we did The Force Awakens was allowed to continue. Episode VIII didn’t really derail anything that we were thinking about,” Abrams explained to the Associated Press. “But I will say that the fun of this movie is that these characters are all together on this adventure as a group. That’s the thing that I was most excited about to see, the dynamic between these characters that these amazing actors play on this desperate, seat-of-your-pants adventure. That, to me, was the most fun, having the group together.”
In case you missed it, watch the latest trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” below:
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters on December 20.
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