Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Experience Was ‘An Absolute Dream’

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Two years have passed since the release of writer-director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, and it seems he’s still on board to direct a mysterious new Star Wars trilogy. With filmmakers quitting and/or getting fired from Lucasfilm projects on a regular basis (recent examples include David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Gareth Edwards, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Josh Trank, and Colin Trevorrow), how has Johnson stayed on good terms with Lucasfilm?

“I can’t speak to the experience that anyone else has had,” the filmmaker told Variety. “I would caution that other people’s sets are like other people’s marriages. You think you know what’s going on with them, but the only thing that’s absolutely true is that you’re wrong. I can only speak to my experience, which was an absolute dream from top to bottom, beginning to end. From [Lucasfilm President] Kathy [Kennedy] to Bob Iger to J.J. [Abrams] to all the craftsmen.”

When Game of Thrones showrunners Benioff and Weiss left their Star Wars project recently, they partly attributed this decision to “toxic fandom,” but Johnson has embraced a philosophy that makes that a non-issue. “You always have to contextualize how small a part of the fandom that section is,” he said. “I’m not talking about people who like or dislike a particular movie. I’m talking about the people who have dedicated themselves to abusing people who are involved in the films. It’s so small, but it gets blown up. Having been in the hurricane for the last two years, I can tell you that 95% of what I get even on Twitter is lovely and thoughtful and engaged, even when people don’t like my movie.”

Johnson’s new (and arguably best) film is Knives Out, which arrives in theatres tomorrow. Check out the trailer below.