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Colin Trevorrow wants to film Star Wars: Episode IX on, em, film…

January 30th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Colin Trevorrow hasn’t spoken much about how he intends to wrap the current Star Wars trilogy in Episode IX, but it turns out he has some big ideas for the sequel.

Firstly, the Jurassic World director has said that he will shoot the film on film, not digital, because he views Star Wars as a ‘period film.’ In filming on stock, he is continuing J.J. Abrams’ own use of the format in The Force Awakens, which aided him in creating a retro feel.

“There’s something in my brain that says, ‘well they didn’t have video cameras then,” Trevorrow said while attending a press conference at the Sundance Film Festival (via The Hollywood Reporter & Squareeyed).

“[Film] tends to remind us of our memories, of our childhoods, the way we used to see films.”

“I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it’s a period film,” Trevorrow continued. “It happened a long time ago.”

The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson’s delayed Episode VIII are stock, while Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One anthology film will be a digital shoot.

However, Trevorrow’s ambitions for the franchise don’t end there: “I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!” Yes, shooting in space is CRAZY.

Trevorrow was attending a panel at Sundance specifically defending the use of film stock at a time when digital appears to be the main player. Many cinemas have switched to using only digital projectors, but there’s a group of high-profile directors determined to keep film stock alive, despite being more expensive.

For example, Christopher Nolan shot Inception and Interstellar on film and the director joined Trevorrow on the panel, claiming there was a “culture wanting to kill film.”

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Trevorrow pulls off the trilogy-ending Episode IX, but we’ll have to wait until 24 May 2019 before seeing any of the film. Watch some of the panel discussion from the Sundance Film Festival below:

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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