J. J. Abrams Learned “It’s Critical to Have a Plan” While Making Star Wars Trilogy

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In a recent interview with Collider, writer & director J. J. Abrams seemingly came clean about the troubled development of the Disney Star Wars Trilogy from 2015 – 2019.

The big problem that many fans had with the trilogy was that each film seemingly either went off in a different direction than the previous film or just ignored previously established plot points giving audiences a very confused and mixed story. The main issue being that when they sat down to make a new film it seems they did NOT plan out how the whole story would go.



In the interview J. J. Abrams stated:

I’ve been involved in a number of projects that have been – in most cases, series – that have ideas that begin the thing where you feel like you know where it’s gonna go, and sometimes it’s an actor who comes in, other times it’s a relationship that as-written doesn’t quite work, and things that you think are gonna just be so well-received just crash and burn and other things that you think like, ‘Oh that’s a small moment’ or ‘That’s a one-episode character’ suddenly become a hugely important part of the story. I feel like what I’ve learned as a lesson a few times now, and it’s something that especially in this pandemic year working with writers, has become clear, the lesson is that you have to plan things as best you can, and you always need to be able to respond to the unexpected. And the unexpected can come in all sorts of forms, and I do think that there’s nothing more important than knowing where you’re going.



The Trilogy started off strong with “The Force Awakens” in 2015. Excitement from fans and casual audiences was high, mostly due to its “familiarity” and the choice to make it feel like the original trilogy. Some argue it was possibly too close to the originals.

The issue became more apparent with the  2017 film “The Last Jedi” film. For some it was an immediate sign that the series wasn’t well planned or well executed. 

After it made less than the previous film, and seemingly caused division among fans, fingers were pointed everywhere.

Everything ended with 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” and despite trying to fix the problems established in the previous film it was too little too late for many fans who felt they were suckered in by nostalgia and didn’t get a satisfying story.

Fans had pointed out that there didn’t seem to be a cohesive story planned for the trilogy. Abram’s comments appear to many as some sort of confirmation of that theory. 

I myself believe that the whole thing was mismanaged, and the first thing that Bob Iger did wrong when planning an Episode 7, 8 and 9, was tossing out George Lucas’ Drafts for his planned sequel trilogy.

I can only imagine what George had planned. We probably will never know unless someday these outlines get leaked or published.

Source: Collider 

Featured Image: Sky News



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