18 December 2019 06:35

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Advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are pacing with 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the same point in their Fandango cycle. When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker tickets went on sale on Monday, October 21, the pic was beating all other Star Wars installments in its opening hours, while Atom Tickets, which only covers a small share of the online ticket business pegged to millennials, reported it saw the company's second-best first-day sales behind Avengers: Endgame. Additionally, 21 theaters in major markets will run nine-film Star Wars marathons (kicking off Wednesday evening, leading into the Thursday 5 PM showing of Skywalker). –73% have seen every single film in the Star Wars franchise. "As the journey nears its end, Skywalker is forging a new empire of fans who can't wait to experience the terrific finale of the nine-film Skywalker series, stuffed with action, adventure, humor, heart, inspiration, new heroes, plus the welcome return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando," Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said.

"Seeing a Star Wars film on the big screen is a family holiday tradition, and according to our survey, fans will return to the theater multiple times over the next few weeks for repeat Skywalker viewings." As we sit waiting to see (and hear more about beyond vague social media reactions) just how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker puts an end to the Skywalker saga, many people involved in the process have been reflecting on what it means to tell a story that caters to the passion of its audiences. Speaking to Radio.com in an extensive interview last week (via Indiewire), Johnson was asked about the idea of fanservice, and the level of influence fandoms should have on the process of making something. And—perhaps unsurprising for a director behind a Star Wars film that was both lauded and vilified for playing with fan expectations, and the way it treated teases and mysteries set up by its predecessor—Johnson's thoughts are that, even with his own fandom, he would prefer the creative process to be separate from any idea of specifically catering to fans, and focus on telling new stories that add to a mythos before they reinforce what came before. "I think approaching any creative process with [making fandoms happy] would be a mistake that would lead to probably the exact opposite result," Johnson told Radio.com. "Even my experience as a fan, you know if I'm coming into something, even if it's something that I think I want, if I see exactly what I think I want on the screen, it's like 'oh, okay,' it might make me smile and make me feel neutral about the thing and I won't really think about it afterwards, but that's not really going to satisfy me." "I want to be shocked, I want to be surprised, I want to be thrown off-guard, I want to have things recontextualized, I want to be challenged as a fan when I sit down in the theater," the director continued.

"What I'm aiming for every time I sit down in a theater is to have the experience [I had] with Empire Strikes Back, something that's emotionally resonant and feels like it connects up and makes sense and really gets to the heart of what this thing is, and in a way that I never could have seen coming." Telling a story beholden specifically to pleasing already established fans risks not just dulling the impact of a story being told—after all, those fans being catered to would probably have a solid idea of what to expect out of a film made up of the things they desire most, because they'll have seen it all before. These are not his own reactions to The Rise of Skywalker—the interview with Radio.com took place last week, before last night's premiere, an event Johnson did not attend (his longtime producer, on The Last Jedi and several other of his projects, Ram Bergman, did), presumably out of commitments to his press tour for his current project, the murder-mystery caper Knives Out. We'll likely hear Johnson's actual reaction to the film soon after its release later this week—and, in all likeliness, it'll be a diplomatic one, regardless of however Rise ultimately handles The Last Jedi's grandest subversions. But for now, we'll have to see if this particular piece of commentary from the director holds true when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this Friday, December 20. Rise of Skywalker premiere brings Star Wars' latest trilogy to a close A standing ovation and a slew of early positive reviews for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have followed yesterday's world premiere in Los Angeles. The latest film wraps up the Skywalker storyline, but Disney has plans for new characters The film wraps up the long-running saga that began in 1977, bringing the Skywalker story to a close, but franchise owner Disney has plans for future films with new characters, starting in December 2022.

Actor Daisy Ridley, who has featured as Rey in three films, said it felt "emotional" to be wrapping up the story. It is the second-highest-grossing movie franchise of all time, with more than $US9.2 billion in ticket sales, but fans were divided on the 2017 instalment, The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson. After The Rise of Skywalker screening, director JJ Abrams told the audience before the film played that he was "mostly terrified" to show the movie, which ran for nearly two-and-a-half hours. "We designed this movie to be very much the end of the saga," Abrams said. Oscar Isaac, who plays resistance fighter Poe Dameron, said the night felt like a celebration, but that he would miss his time working on the films.

"I know in the days to come I'll mourn that we won't be able to be getting together and making these wild movies again," Isaac said. Boyega said the Star Wars set had "felt like home". Fans turned the premiere into a living tribute to various eras of the space epic franchise, with some dressing up like Hamill's Luke and Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia from the 1977 original film. The two formed "The Designer Alliance," creating a brand-new spaceship called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter in time for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." Despite all this effort, and a lot of investment from the Porsche team — the company would not disclose how much it invested into the project — the Tri-Wing doesn't appear in the film but may appear in a future Disney project. We're going to get it into one of our future storytelling projects for sure," said Doug Chiang, vice president and executive creative director of "Star Wars." "The idea of [completing this in six weeks] was [to do it] pretty close to the end of the film already — we were locked into the premiere schedule." Yahoo Finance spoke with Chiang at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," the final episode of the third trilogy. The Tri-Wing model designed by Porsche and LucasFilm December 16, 2019 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles (Hesh Photo) More The Tri-Wing has many classic elements of Porsche design. While the ship isn't in the film, Chiang said it certainly would belong to the light side of the Force. Why did Porsche want to work with Lucasfilm on this project? That's why we said design is something that we would like to share with 'Star Wars'...It was a mutual win," Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer told Yahoo Finance. Star Wars design lives in this cinematic universe where we can make believe stuff so the technology doesn't really have to work. In designing for 'Star Wars,' we always try to go for something that's very graphic, that's easy to draw, more like a movie logo really. Porsche hopes the Tri-Wing will eventually join the likes of iconic ships like The Falcon, Star Destroyer, and Tie Fighter.