We are a little bit closer to Episode VIII!
With more than 16 months until the release of the highly anticipated follow up to The Force Awakens, Episode VIII has officially entered post production. Rian Johnson, the director of the still untitled Episode VIII, released a photo on his Instagram sharing the news. In the picture, which you can see below, is a man behind a desk with a T.V. in front of him that says “Picture Start,” getting ready to edit the next adventure in the Star Wars Universe. With a caption that says “Day One!”
Johnson, who posts small pieces of information during the entire film making process, loves to play with Star Wars fans’ emotions. He sent theorists into a tailspin when Episode VIII was nearing the end of filming by sending out a picture of a shaggycloak, with the caption “In the home stretch” (Image below). The cloak looked incredibly similar to one worn by Luke Skywalker at the end of The Force Awakens. Johnson keeps on giving us a glimpse at Episode VIII without showing us much at all. It’s very different from the production of The Force Awakens, which was notoriously secretive during the entire process.
Obviously the secrecy worked for J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm, but it’s refreshing that there’s a Star Wars director willing to show the fans something. It’s worth noting the original release date of the film was May 2017, until they decided to push it back to December to give the crew more time. This means they have a full three months more than TFA did when it wrapped principal photography in November of 2014. Hopefully those three months gives Johnson and crew all the time necessary to make the movie fans want.