Star Wars to have fewer CGI effects

Last updated 05:00 20/08/2014
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TOO MUCH CGI? The last three Star Wars movies, including 2005's Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith, were criticised for an over-reliance on CGI.

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The next Star Wars movie will feature more practical effects than CGI says director Rian Johnson - the man set to pick up the franchise after JJ Abrams.

This news comes off the back of glimpses from the set of Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII over the last few months, which included a shot of a full-scale X-Wing Fighter.

Johnson talked about the reliance on CGI on the Girls in Hoodies podcast (via The Hollywood Reporter) and how amazing it is to see Star Wars bucking the trend.

"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It's awesome," said Johnson, who last directed time-travel flick Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt,.

He added that people seem to be coming back around to using traditional, practical effects. "It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it."

Johnson wondered whether it was because in terms of some action scenes, people are hitting a point where it's becoming so big and quick that physics "go out the window".

"I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it," he said. "I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that's the thing that they love now, so I don't know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be."

Johnson wouldn't elaborate much on his own involvement in Star Wars.

Months ago it was announced he would write and direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX and he merely said that it's kind of boring for him to talk about because, "I'm just happy".

"I don't have the terror I kind of expected I would, at least not yet," he says. "I'm sure I will at some point."

Star Wars: Episode VII releases on December 17, 2015 while Episode VIII is scheduled to hit theatres in 2017.

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