Monday, January 11, 2016

Star Wars Episode 8: Previews, Predictions, Rumors & Why It Could Very Well Be Better Than Force Awakens

Posted 12/2415 Updated 1/11/16

Episode 7 Spoiler Warning! I'll start off with my prediction for Episode 8. As has been noted by many a reviewer, Force Awakens mirrored plot points from A New Hope. This was also done to some extent in the prequels. If Episode 8 uses the same mold, then a big reveal akin to Luke Skywalker learning his father is Darth Vader is in store and Rey as the female Luke character being revealed as Luke's daughter does not fit the bill. For one, it is widely believed already that this is the case and would not be enough of a surprise. Furthermore, it would not be a revelation of being the seed of evil as was the case for Luke in Empire. Since Rey is a female, Captain Phasma being outed as her mother would make a lot of sense and further explain why Luke became a recluse.

What does it feel like to be Captain Phasma in... by CNET
As to why there is good reason to believe Episode 8 could very well be better than Force Awakens... For one thing, JJ Abrams will return in an executive producer role. Kathleen Kennedy will be a producer and was a producer on the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Jurassic Park franchise.

The writer and director, Rian Johnson, was the recipient of the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He is known for writing and directing the award winning and critically acclaimed films Looper and Brick. Ram Bergman, a producer for Looper, is also on board. Johnson also directed 3 episodes of the smash hit show Breaking Bad, for which he was awarded a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing. 

Another producer for Episode 8, Simon Kinberg, is known for his work on widely popular X-Men films. And to top it all off, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in Force Awakens, has stated that she read the Episode 8 script and that "it's very good; very good."


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