Rian Johnson hasn’t officially started shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII just yet, but that isn’t stopping Colin Trevorrow from mapping out the finale of the The Force Awakens trilogy. Yesterday, we heard that the filmmaker plans to shoot the 9th live action Star Wars movie on film as opposed to digital. Now we have word that he wants to take it one step further. He wants to shoot a key scene for Star Wars: Episode IX in actual outer space using an IMAX camera.
Can that be done? Colin Trevorrow sure thinks so. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot on 35mm with one scene, the Millennium Falcon chase on Jakku, shot in IMAX. And this seems to be the default setting for all future Star Wars sequels to come. But none of the previous movies have ever shot in actual outer space. Let alone with an IMAX camera. Colin Trevorrow made an appearance at the Sundance Film Festival this past week, where THR grabbed this quote from the Jurassic World director.
“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!”
If Colin Trevorrow is granted his request, he will have one of the most realistic looking Star Wars movies ever made under his belt. This will put the X-Wing, TIE-Fighter and Star Destroyer flying through our very own galaxy as we know it. But you have to wonder if it will buck the aesthetic of all that has come before it. Or if it is even necessary for the movie. Space looks pretty good, even in the original trilogy launched in 1977. Even if he doesn’t accomplish this lofty mission, Star Wars: Episode IX will definitely be shot on film stock. The filmmaker sees the Star Wars movies as a throwback, and doesn’t think they should arrive on digital.
“The only place where I tend to not be able to attach myself entirely to something shot digitally is when it’s a period film. There’s something in my brain that goes, ‘Well, they didn’t have video cameras then,'” he said. “[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: It happened a long time ago!”
To note, the director did shoot Jurassic World on film. But while Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot on 35mm stock, as will Star Wars: Episode VIII, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will go the digital route. Which makes more sense from a theater owners standpoint, since many chains are converting over to digital only. In Los Angeles, Star Wars: The Force Awakens only played in one 35mm projection house. What do you think? Do you want to see a Star Wars movie shot in actual outer space? Or would you even know the difference?
Star Wars: Episode IX comes to theaters in 2019