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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ recruits ‘Blade Runner 2049”s art director

Director JJ Abrams has begun putting together his team for Star Wars: Episode IX, and has enlisted none other than Blade Runner 2049 art director Paul Englis.

Englis, whose work you’ll also recognise from season one of Game Of Thrones, was integral to creating the moody, striking scenes which made Blade Runner 2049 one of last year’s most visually-arresting movies. Now, as The Hollywood Reporter have confirmed, he’ll be helming the next edition of the Star Wars saga as supervising art director.

As well as his work on Blade Runner and Game Of Thrones, Englis also offered his services to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Filming on Star Wars: Episode IX is set to begin in June. Disney and Lucasfilm have slated Episode IX for release on December 20, 2019.

Back in September, a fan started a petition to remove JJ Abrams as the director of the upcoming film.

Under Abrams’ direction, the seventh film in Star Wars‘ Skywalker saga became the third highest grossing film ever made. Despite its success and positive reviews, one unhappy fan has created a petition for Lucasfilm to “Remove J.J. Abrams as director of Star Wars Episode IX”. It currently has 1,811 signatures.

The petitioner, Matt Vela, argues Abrams’ direction of The Force Awakens resulted in a film that was too similar to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. “There was virtually no creativity,” he writes, “and no risks taken.”

He argues that Lucasfilm and Disney promised a new director for every film “to promote a fresh new vision on every instalment”, adding: “Therefore, to prevent Star Wars Episode IX from becoming yet another rip off of the original trilogy (specifically, a rip off of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), and for the good of the Star Wars brand, we demand that Kathleen Kennedy replace J.J. Abrams as director of the upcoming Episode 9 film.” Lucasfilm has yet to issue a response on the petition.

found for you by the Independence News Desk at
http://www.nme.com/news/film/star-wars-episode-ix-recruits-blade-runner-2049s-art-director-2241623


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