Adam Driver, known as Kylo Ren to many, has been making the press rounds for his upcoming film Paterson. While being interviewed by Collider, he took the time to discuss the process of working with writer and director Rian Johnson. Rian Johnson has taken over directing duties for Star Wars: Episode VIII from J.J. Abrams. Adam Driver also took the time to discuss his opinions on the script for Episode VIII.
For those of us who’ve been pondering what the tone of the next film will be and whether or not we’ll get something similar to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Adam Driver revealed his opinions on the Episode VIII script here:
It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. He trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play.
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, there was a lot of criticism about the film being too similar to Star Wars: A New Hope in terms of tone and plot. There were accusations of Disney pandering to nostalgia and it trying to be dumbed down to attract larger audiences. Adam Driver’s opinion that the tone is different and darker should help ease critics who are worried about the next installment in the franchise.
One of the biggest issues that I personally had with Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the script in terms of plot. After the initial fangasm moments ceased and I went back to watch the movie again, it was easier to pick out the plot holes, the irregularities, and similarities to previous Star Wars films. Hearing Adam Driver’s opinion does help to placate my personal concerns surrounding the script for the next film, but I will still be holding my breath until I see some footage or scenes from the film.
What do you think about this information surrounding the Episode VIII script? Would you prefer the next installment to be darker? Lighter? What were your opinions on The Force Awakens? Let us know in the comments below.