The Awesome Way "Star Wars" Is Going Old School

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"Star Wars" director Rian Johnson says that his new film will channel the originals—technologically speaking.

Aug 22, 2014 | 02:56 PM

In a world where action movies are filled to the brim with impressive CGI work, the new "Star Wars" movie, "Episode VIII," is planning to go against the grain. Director Rian Johnson, who is taking over the franchise after J.J. Abrams' 2015 "Episode VII," explained that for his film, the team is going old school and using more practical, traditional effects.

"They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” Johnson explained on a Grantland 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.” 

“I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it,” said Johnson. “I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that’s the thing that they love now, so I don’t know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be.”

Johnson’s "Star Wars: Episode VIII," which follows Abram's "Episode VII" and Gareth Edwards' 2016 spinoff, comes out in 2017.

Cover image credit: Facebook/StarWars

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