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We know that there won’t be that much downtime between ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ and the yet untitled ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII‘ so one has to wonder how the two films will be connected aside from the ongoing plot. Surprisingly, the ever secretive J.J. Abrams actually took some time to speak up on how his work would lead into Rian Johnson’s next installment in a variety of ways.

Here is what Abrams had to say about it in his recent interview:

“The script for VIII is written. I’m sure rewrites are going to be endless, like they always are. But what Larry (Kasdan) and I did was set up certain key relationships, certain key questions, conflicts. And we knew where certain things were going. We had meetings with Rian and Ram Bergman, the producer of VIII. They were watching dailies when we were shooting our movie. We wanted them to be part of the process, to make the transition to their film as seamless as possible. I showed Rian an early cut of the movie, because I knew he was doing his rewrite and prepping. And as executive producer of VIII, I need that movie to be really good. Withholding serves no one and certainly not the fans. So we’ve been as transparent as possible.

“Rian has asked for a couple of things here and there that he needs for his story. He is an incredibly accomplished filmmaker and an incredibly strong writer. So the story he told took what we were doing and went in the direction that he felt was best, but that is very much in line with what we were thinking as well. But you’re right—that will be his movie; he’s going to do it in the way he sees fit. He’s neither asking for nor does he need me to oversee the process.”something setup for his film that it can be requested to be inserted in ‘The Force Awakens’ and it sounds as if that has happened.”

The best part here is that they are clearly working together so if Rian feels he needs something setup for his film that it can be requested to be inserted in ‘The Force Awakens’ and it sounds as if that has happened.

We all know Abrams tends to be secretive and hates having spoilers revealed early so it has been quite a thrill to work with Disney who has shared his want for privacy:

“I was expecting Disney to want to put out an overabundance of material. But they’ve been incredibly reluctant to do that. They want this thing to be an experience for people when they go to see the film. And I’m grateful for that.

While obviously he wasn’t going to release any plot points that carried over it is good to see that some actual details were being shared between actors. Though, I doubt that Disney would take any chances in what will soon be their most lucrative franchise.”

Are you looking forward to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’? Happy to hear that the directors are coordinating the world with one another? Share your thoughts below!

Sources: Coming Soon