With Star Wars: Episode IX set to be released later this year, you gotta wonder how the film will turn out especially after the mixed fan reception of The Last Jedi. The film was not received very well by quite a number of fans but critics seemed to have dug it including ourselves. However, J.J. Abrams is the one taking on this latest installment so you might assume that the fan reception of The Last Jedi may have played a part in how Abrams and team approached the upcoming film. Well, apparently not.
Speaking to ET, Abrams was asked if the way he approached Episode IX was affected by the way some fans reacted to The Last Jedi. It seems like it didn’t really affect the film much or at all with Abrams saying:
“No, I think that every movie is its own movie, and obviously this is a trilogy, we brought to that movie [Episode IX] all the passion and hard work that we would have no matter what. So I think the story speaks for itself. I really, truly can’t wait for you to see it”
Some may be skeptical on this statement but it may very well be true since even Adam Driver who plays Kylo Ren has said that he is quite aware on how his story arc was gonna go from the start so things look like they’re going the way it was always intended. Abrams was also asked on what he hopes audiences would feel after watching Episode IX, to which he responded:
“There are a lot of words that we all hope that you feel, and obviously the biggest, most important one I think is ‘satisfied.'”
That’s what we’re hoping for Abrams and it could very well be the case since The Force Awakens (which Abrams also directed) left many fans satisfied. Things seem to be moving forward nicely for the franchise with word on more films on the way from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and also Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss so maybe Lucasfilm is very confident with how Episode IX is gonna turn out.