Star Wars Director J.J. Abrams Wasn’t Sure About Episode VIII’s Direction After TFA

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's promotional campaign is picking up steam now that the film is two months away from its release date. Not only have we gotten a few new pictures of merchandise revealing new details about the film, we've also gotten interviews with director J.J. Abrams about his upcoming Star Wars: Film.

In his most recent interview with Empire Magazine, Abrams talks about Star Wars: Episode IX and how he didn't really know what direction Star Wars: The Last Jedi would take when he first directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

"When I was working on VII, I'd be lying if I said I knew everything that was gonna happen in VIII and IX," the director said in his interview for the magazine's November issue. "I had some ideas, but we had a release date that required us to work on VII!"

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Sure, Star Wars: The Last Jedi might have ended up being a commercial and critical success, but there were fans who were against the film for subverting fan expectations and for allegedly "misusing" legacy characters like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

While Abrams wasn't entirely sure where The Last Jedi would go, director doesn't really think that the film caused any damage to the franchise. In the interview with the entertainment news outlet, the Bad Robot filmmaker says that he never really found himself "trying to repair anything," because he wants to "honor what's been done."

It would be so easy for Abrams to join the bandwagon and call The Last Jedi names, but it seems like the director takes no offence against the film at all.

How about you? How did you feel about Episode VIII? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to premiere on December 20, 2019.

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