‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker:’ J.J. Abrams Explains Title and Getting Help From George Lucas
Monday, April 15th, 2019 at 11:30 am
When the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker title first appeared at the end of the new teaser trailer, fans had a few theories on what it could mean. But director J.J. Abrams had a chance to speak about the meaning of the title. While he couldn’t provide any specifics, he did leave fans enough to go on.
Additionally, Abrams addressed the mysterious laugh that was heard at the end of The Rise of Skywalker trailer, and how George Lucas had a hand in shaping the film. Check out all of this in the full report here below.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight’s resident Star Wars expert Ash Crossan at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend, Abrams said that he couldn’t wait for her [or anyone else for that matter] to know more about how Palpatine comes back. “You always do this to me,” Crossan says. “Well, you always ask the same questions,” Abrams replied jokingly. Crossan then fired back with, “I always ask about Palpatine?”
But getting into the seriousness of it all:
“Well, the title feels like it’s the right title for this movie. I know it’s provocative and asks a bunch of questions, but when you see the movie you’ll see how it was intended and what it means. But in the flow of titles this title had a very big responsibility “” it had to be the end of not only three movies, but nine movies. The idea of having to incorporate the movies that come before strangely is the story of the movie. It’s the characters in the film inheriting everything that’s come before in previous generations, whether it’s the sins of the father, the wisdom that they’ve acquired, and the question is: Is this new generation up to the task, can they stand up to what they have to? So in a way, we came to this movie having inherited a lot, and that’s the question we ask ourselves every day.”
IGN asked about why Abrams would bring back Palpatine in The Rise Of Skywalker. While the director couldn’t answer about the specifics to that question, he did say:
“This movie had a very specific challenge, which was to take eight films and give an ending to three trilogies. So we had to look at what was the bigger story. We had conversations amongst ourselves, we met with George Lucas before writing the script. These were real things we looked at in the vastness of the story in trying to figure out what is the way to conclude this. But it has to work as its own as a movie, it has to be its own thing, it has to be surprising, funny, and you have to understand it, and you can’t assume that anyone has sat and watched eight movies before this one. And yet, I want a kid to watch episodes one through nine and see that one story.”
He credits everyone from his co-writer Chris Terrio to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy for bringing in their “triple A-plus game” into the script and production. “It was great to see everyone work so well,” Abrams said. “I think it resulted in a movie that we’re going to be proud of.”
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, 2019.