“This whole toxic idea of creation [IP] has completely seeped into the bedrock of storytelling. Everyone just thinks, ‘How can we keep milking it?’”
Since The Last Jedi came out in 2017, director Rian Johnson has defended the film in front of many Star Wars fans who didn’t approve of how the middle part of the sequel trilogy played with the franchise’s conventions. In a recent interview with The Atlantic, Johnson spoke about the film’s divisive ending, saying he wanted to give it an air of finality in order to combat the “toxic idea” of intellectual property that tainted the film’s storytelling.
“Look, in terms of the Star Wars movie that I did, I tried to give it a hell of a ending,” Johnson told the Atlantic. “I love endings so much that I even tried to end the middle chapter of the trilogy. A good ending that recontextualizes everything that came before it and makes it a beautiful object in its own right – that’s what makes a movie a movie. It feels like there’s less and less of it. This whole toxic idea of creation [intellectual property] has completely seeped into the bedrock of storytelling. Everyone’s just like, “How can we keep milking it?” I love an ending where you burn the Viking boat in the sea.”
This isn’t the first time Johnson has revisited “The Last Jedi” in the press. In a career-spanning video interview with GQ, the ‘Glass Onion’ director addressed criticisms of the film’s comedy that some fans felt was too sweeping.
“Anyone who thinks that this kind of slightly silly humor has no place in the Star Wars universe, I don’t know if they’ve seen Return of the Jedi,” Johnson said. “The slightly self-conscious element of light-hearted humor is something that’s inherent in ‘Star Wars.’ It’s not all, and we’re also getting very serious. And I think that brazen balance of those two things is also something that belongs to ‘Star Wars’.”
Though The Last Jedi has remained a controversial entry in the divisive Star Wars franchise, Johnson has confessed to the film and said he was “even prouder” of it five years later in an interview with Empire Magazine. The director is currently still interested in directing a new trilogy of Star Wars movies, though he recently said “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the project didn’t pan out.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/rian-johnson-the-last-jedi-ending-1234795091/ Rian Johnson wanted The Last Jedi to have a “hellish ending.”