In an exclusive with Collider, Adam Driver took the time to discuss his opinions on the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII while also promoting his upcoming film Paterson. With Rian Johnson taking over the writing and directing from J.J. Abrams, there has been some skepticism as to whether or not the next installment of the Star Wars franchise will be cohesive. There has also been speculation with regards to tone and the direction the series will take. Some have been concerned that Disney will go a lighter route to cater to a younger audience, but I do not think that will happen considering the franchise that Disney is dealing with.
For those of us who’ve been pondering what the tone of the next film will be and whether or not we’ll get something similar to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Adam Driver revealed his opinions on the Episode VIII script here:
It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, there was a lot of criticism about the film being too similar to Star Wars: A New Hope in terms of tone and plot. There were accusations of Disney pandering to nostalgia and it trying to be dumbed down to attract larger audiences. Adam Driver’s opinion that the tone is different and darker should help ease critics who are worried about the next installment in the franchise.
One of the biggest issues that I personally had with Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the script in terms of plot. After the initial fangasm moments ceased and I went back to watch the movie again, it was easier to pick out the plot holes, the irregularities, and similarities to previous Star Wars films. Anyone who has personally seen a movie with me knows that I am picky when it comes to writing. Hearing Adam Driver’s opinion does help to placate my personal concerns surrounding the script for the next film, but I will still be holding my breath until I see some footage or scenes from the film.
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