The Spotlight: Denis Villeneuve absolutely hates 'Return of the Jedi' but has ideas on the kind of 'Star Wars' movie he'd like to make
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Like many of us, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve was a child infatuated with "Star Wars."
Born in 1967, he's part of the generation of OG fans that waited years between films with little to no intel on the future. All wee Denis had was hope.
Speaking with Josh Horowitz on the "Happy, Sad, Confused" podcast, Villeneuve explains that, unfortunately, his love affair with "Star Wars" ended in 1983.
"In 1977 I was 10 years old," says Villeneuve. "So I was the target audience and a victim of [Star Wars mania]. The first two "Star Wars," "A New Hope" and "Empire Strikes Back" were ... I think "Empire Strikes Back" is the movie I had the most apprehension [for]. Two years [of waiting].
"It died with "Return of the Jedi." No, I'm not [an ewok guy]. I was like a pure believer, you know? I hate the third one so much. That was the end for me."
Villeneuve didn't mention the prequels but it's safe to assume he isn't the biggest fan. Despite the baggage, there seems to be interest in maybe helming a future project at Lucasfilm.
"I would be intrigued," Villeneuve says. "I don't know. It's very difficult. What's dangerous about "Star Wars" right now is that it becomes its own vocabulary. I think "Rogue One" was very interesting. An interesting way to get out of [break] the mold."
One thing is certain; the "Blade Runner 2049" director isn't interested in continuing the Skywalker saga.
"I think it would be time to do that," Villeneuve says of moving on from the Skywalker story. "There's a limit to how many daughters, neighbors, cousins, uncles [can be related to Skywalkers]. I think it would be a great idea to get out of there. To go in a new part of the galaxy, *that* I would be open to."
Could Villeneuve join Rian Johnson in a galaxy far, far away? We can only hope.
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I had a pretty surreal photo shoot while filming #avengers #infinitywar We took this photo (which will appear on the cover of some issues of @vanityfair) We also shot a “Marvel 10th Anniversary Class Photo” which included just about anyone that’s ever been in the 22 Marvel movies made in that time! That was really something. I kept looking around, flabbergasted. So many big stars. So many awesome actors. It was a real “pinch me,” moment. So naturally I pinched Benedict Cumberbatch and he was so in character he literally opened up a portal to the astral plane! I was like “whoa!” And then he pushed me in! At first it was cool. But now I’m starting to get concerned. I’ve been here for hundreds of years. As you know from seeing Dr. Strange time is kinda tricky in the Astral plane. I’m hoping he’ll contact me soon to let me out? I don’t know if he has Instagram. Someone tell him? I know @tomholland2013 follows me. Can you tell him Tom? Hope he didn’t forget about me. I love being in Marvel movies. I’d hate to miss the premiere of #infinitywar next summer.
I love multiple covers, but they always turn into a contest to see who sold the most copies. Who cares?! We are ALL a part of the #StarWars family! (That said: How did the #4 of 4 covers #SpaceTwins do, @EW?) Asking for a friend... 🙄- mh #LongLiveLukeAndLeia pic.twitter.com/TwsGJTn1yw— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 27, 2017
Master and Commander.
I want to go to there.
This "article" is so many different kinds of needless, and irrelevant. Also, just mean for no reason.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) November 26, 2017
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Time Travel Trivia.