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‘Star Wars’ director J.J. Abrams says he would have done ‘The Last Jedi’ differently

‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rise of Skywalker’ director admits he would have done the film differently than Rian Johnson.

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This image released by Lucasfilm shows a scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the highly anticipated film by J.J. Abrams that hits theaters Dec. 18.

This image released by Lucasfilm shows a scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the highly anticipated film by J.J. Abrams that hits theaters Dec. 18.

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“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” director J.J. Abrams admits he would have done the film’s predecessor, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” differently had he been in charge.

“The Last Jedi” — the follow-up film to Abrams’ own “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — remains a rather controversial film among “Star Wars” fans. Much of the chagrin comes from how director Rian Johnson took several of Abrams’ plans set up in “Force Awakens” and turned them on their head. Others fans celebrate the idea, saying it pushed the film franchise in a new direction.

In the new “Star Wars” preview issue of Empire magazine, Abrams admits he would have done the film differently. He said working in TV prepare him for different directors using their own story ideas, so it wasn’t a problem for him, ScreenRant reports.

I never found myself trying to repair anything. If I had done VIII, I would have done things differently, just as Rian would have done things differently if he had done VII. But having worked on television series, I was accustomed to creating stories and characters that then were run by other people. If you’re willing to walk away from the thing that you created and you believe it’s in trustworthy hands, you have to accept that some of the decisions being made are not gonna be the same that you would make. And if you come back into it, you have to honor what’s been done.

This isn’t a case of Abrams throwing Johnson under the bus. He acknowledges that Johnson would have made “Force Awakens” differently than Abrams since directors have different visions for their products.

Flashback: Johnson said Abrams reacted to the new movie with positivity when it first came out, according to Cinemablend.

He was into it. And I remember that I pitched him the story at the very beginning, and he had notes, but he wasn’t like, ‘Oh my God, what the hell are you doing?’ (Laughs) No, he was into it because I think he was into the storytelling. He’s a great storyteller himself and he saw the potential of each one of these beats. I think he saw it for what we were going for, which is not ... we weren’t going for, ‘Let’s subvert a ‘Star Wars’ movie.’ We were going for ‘Let’s make a great ‘Star Wars’ movie that has things in it that will push the limits of what we can do.’