‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Is ‘Even More Proud’ Of Film 5 Years Later

Regardless of what essentially the most unhinged fan with a clean Twitter profile may say, director Rian Johnson stands by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as an important entry within the galaxy-spanning franchise.

Whereas sure elements of the fandom, together with those that made racist and misogynistic feedback in regards to the forged, might have taken difficulty with the characterization of Jedi grasp Luke Skywalker and different ways in which the movie deconstructed present canon, Johnson stated he’s “even more proud” of the movie 5 years after its launch.

“When I was up at bat, I really swung at the ball,” he instructed Empire journal in an interview printed Tuesday forward of the blockbuster sequel’s five-year anniversary in December.

“I think it’s impossible for any of us to approach Star Wars without thinking about it as a myth that we were raised with, and how that myth, that story, baked itself into us and affected us,” Johnson stated. “The ultimate intent was not to strip away – the intent was to get to the basic, fundamental power of myth. And ultimately I hope the film is an affirmation of the power of the myth of Star Wars in our lives.”

As for the film’s conclusion, which noticed Skywalker perish after utilizing each ounce of his vitality to save lots of the galaxy as soon as once more, Johnson stated these last moments weren’t about “deconstructing the myth” of the beloved Jedi however “building” it.

“They’re him absolutely defying the notion of, ‘Throw away the past,’ and embracing what actually matters about his myth and what’s going to inspire the next generation,” the director stated. “So for me, the process of stripping away is always in the interest of getting to something essential that really matters.”

After each the essential and industrial success of “The Last Jedi,” Johnson was slated to helm his personal “Star Wars” trilogy, which has since been indefinitely delayed.

Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy beforehand cited the filmmaker’s “unbelievably busy” schedule as the explanation behind the choice, telling Self-importance Honest earlier this yr that the studio is “much more about persistent storytelling” than trilogies nowadays.

Johnson, who’s at present at work on two sequels to his 2019 movie “Knives Out,” echoed Kennedy’s sentiments in his feedback to Empire, whereas additionally reaffirming his dedication to the franchise.

“It’s just at this point a matter of schedule and when it can happen,” he instructed the journal, sharing that he’s “stayed close” with Kennedy over time. “It would break my heart if I were finished, if I couldn’t get back in that sandbox at some point.”

Johnson’s subsequent movie, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” arrives on Netflix in December.