Star Wars Episode 7 will have fewer CGI effects, according to director Rian Johnson. Johnson will be picking up the mantel of the Star War films after JJ Abrams is finished with his chapter.
Johnson said that Episode 7 is going to rely more on practical effects and less on effects that are created by computer. This announcement brought a sigh of relief from die-hard Star Wars fans who have grown increasingly annoyed by the number of movies that are leaning on computers to add the movie magic.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Johnson is quite excited about the Episode 7 practical effects.
“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” Johnson said on the latest Girls in Hoodies podcast. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”
Johnson continued about the Star Wars Episode 7 special effects, pointing out that he probably sounded like a grumpy old man in blasting computer graphics. If Johnson does sound like someone who doesn’t like this kind of tech, he’s far from the only person who loves the Star Wars franchise who feels that way.
One question that will likely arise from this foreshadowing of Episode 7 is how it will fit with Johnson’s version. It seems likely that Rian will want to do the same kind of special effects with his Episode 8 so that there is continuity in the look of the two movies.
Considering this is the first time one Star Wars movie was directed by a different person from one installment to another since The Empire Strikes Back, it would seem that Episode 7 would have to have the same level of CGI compared to Episode 8.
Both Johnson and Abrams are very professional directors and seem to know what they are doing, especially when it comes to the Star Wars galaxy. Episode 7 and the one directly following it will likely be able to fit together quite nicely when all is said and done.
Star Wars Episode 7 is due to hit theaters in December of 2015 with Rian Johnson’s installment coming out in 2017, though the exact date isn’t known yet.
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