I was actually surprised by how much fans were split on their feelings for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But, with that film behind us, we are now all wondering how J.J. Abrams will continue the saga with Episode IX. There are so many questions that fans want answered and a lot of fans hope that Abrams will fix what they feel went wrong with The Last Jedi.
I wondered myself if all of the fan complaints and hate for The Last Jedi would affect the story and direction that Abrams is planning for Episode IX. In a recent interview with IndieWire, the director was asked about this and he is pretty much going to ignore all of the complaints and do his own thing. When asked if he would be adjusting his film to meet the expectations of fans, he said:
“Not in the least. There’s a lot that I would like to say about it, but I feel like it’s a little early to be having the Episode IX conversation… I will say that the story of Rey and Poe and Finn and Kylo Ren — and if you look, there are three men and one woman, to those that are complaining that there are too many women in Star Wars — their story continues in a way that I couldn’t be more excited about and cannot wait for people to see.”
When addressing the complaints about all the new female characters in these Star Wars films, Abrams said:
“If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in Star Wars. You can probably look at the first movie that George [Lucas] did and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”
Now, Abrams does note that he understands that the fans of the Star Wars franchise are extremely passionate and vocal:
“Certainly something I discovered early on in the Star Wars world, is that you’re going to have an incredibly passionate and vocal fanbase, and they’re all going to have a lot of specific opinions.”
He’s just not going to pay attention to the hate and let it affect the story that he wants to tell in Episode IX and you know what? He shouldn’t let the complaints affect him. Episode IX is set to hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
What do you think about the thoughts that J.J. Abrams shares here?