One of the most exciting things about space is that it's a total unknown. In our lifetimes, the vast majority of us will most likely never leave Earth, and that's part of the reason why the Star Wars franchise is as fresh to us now as when A New Hope came out in 1977.
But space travel, although expensive, is becoming possible for more people, and one of those people is the director of Jurassic World and Star Wars: Episode 9.
Colin Trevorrow, along with Christopher Nolan, recently spoke at Sundance Festival, during a panel called "Power of Story: The Art of Film," about the possibility of shooting Episode 9 in space — like, actually in space.
Trevorrow: "I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for ‘Star Wars'? I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!”
Nolan: "Funny enough, we had that conversation with ‘Interstellar'.There’s incredible footage from space now."
Sure, the notion of shooting proper footage of space in space is crazy and probably likely to do a Starkiller on Episode 9's budget... but if you consider that Trevorrow has the number three and four highest grossing movies of all time to his name, he's probably in a good position to make a few demands.
Trevorrow also talked about his desire to shoot Episode 9 on film, not digital:
"The only place where I tend to not be able to attach myself entirely to something shot digitally is when it’s a period film. There’s something in my brain that goes, ’Well, they didn’t have video cameras then.' ... I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it’s a period film. It happened a long time ago!”
To the untrained eye, the difference between digital and film is not always clear, but you'd better whisper that if you find yourself sitting next to Quentin Tarantino at a party, or you might find yourself on the receiving end of a diatribe heavy with the word "motherf*cker."
Episode 9 will most likely be out Q4 of 2019, directed by Trevorrow from a script written by Star Wars 8 helmer Rian Johnson. Take us into space, Colin.