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Johnson: Less CGI for new Star Wars

The new generation of Star Wars films will feature more real effects and less CGI, Rian Johnson has revealed.

The Looper director, who will pick up the sci-fi franchise after JJ Abrams, said that the upcoming instalment Star Wars: Episode VII will have more practical and traditional effects rather than relying on computer-generated technology as in the previous trilogy.

"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It's awesome," he said on the latest Girls in Hoodies 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."

The 40-year-old filmmaker continued: "I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it. 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."

While he was eager to discuss JJ's film, Rian deflected questions about Star Wars: Episode VIII. He will also take on writing duties for Episode IX.

He joked: "It's boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is, I'm just happy," adding: "I don't have the terror I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I'm sure I will at some point."

Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in December 2015, followed by Episode VIII in 2017.


From Belfast Telegraph