Rian Johnson, director of Looper is carrying the baton (or lightsaber) for the sequel to J.J Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As the upcoming Episode VII was shot in 35mm, with some stock being shot for IMAX experiences, Johnson wants to take the step of utilizing 65mm and bringing the film stock back to the big screen.
With the release of Jurassic World and SPECTRE being shot on 35mm, it proves that it is still a huge factor for large production to shoot on film, rather than the cost of colour correction within digital. Now I know I’m going off topic (and I don’t want to start a film vs digital debate) but it’s promising and relishing to hear that Star Wars is sticking to its roots and fundamentals of filming. It can give it a periodic feel that digital cannot.
Yes, the price of shooting on film has progressively seen it become endangered, but with Rian Johnson at the helm for Star Wars: Episode VIII, we can expect a huge uproar from fans to see it in all of it’s glory. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released on the 16th of December and will see Han Solo and the rest of the crew team up and wield their lightsabers against the Rebellion, while Star Wars: Episode VIII is due for release on May 26, 2017