Rian Johnson Says Fresh And Exciting Ideas Help Keep The Star Wars Franchise Alive

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Star Wars might be one of the biggest and most successful franchises to date, but with three new Star Wars movies and a fourth one just a couple of months away from its release date, some have started worrying that fans might start feeling Star Wars fatigue.

Star Wars has a long, long future ahead of it, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director has the right answer to the possibility of Star Wars fatigue.


"When people ask me, ‘Don't you think people are going to get sick of Star Wars movies?' to me that question indicates that they're thinking of Star Wars movies as a museum exhibit that is wheeled out once a year so you can say, ‘Oh, I loved that thing. Oh, I remember that thing!' And yes, if Star Wars is that, people are going to get sick of it really quickly," Johnson told fans at a recent publicity stunt for The Last Jedi at SXSW (via iO9).

According to the filmmaker fresh and engaging films that take viewers to new places both visually and emotionally are key to keeping the world interested in Lucasfilm's galaxy far, far away.

"But if Star Wars are great new movies that are exciting and fresh, and that challenge you and surprise you and make you feel things and engage you the way that those original movies did—but always taking you to new places, both in the galaxy and emotionally—that's never going to get old. That's what it's all about," the director explains.

Though there's been a small and vocal part of the Star Wars fanbase strongly opposed to The Last Jedi, it's hard to deny the fact that Johnson's Star Wars entry helped push the franchise to new directions, giving Star Wars a fresh perspective.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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