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Rian Johnson would’ve liked a test screening for The Last Jedi

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Test screenings are one of those aspects of film development that many directors dislike. After all, the thought of showing a small audience an early cut of your incomplete movie and then getting feedback on it that can potentially ruin the overall vision you had for the film, is not an easy step to take. For many studios, though it remains a vital part of their development process to ensure that the vast amounts of money they have spent on the film haven’t gone completely down the drain and that three is some level of satisfaction from these audiences.

Not all movies get a test screening. For some, it’s because the director is just so trusted that they never feel it’s necessary. For others, like with the Star Wars franchise, it’s just because the potential for spoilers leaking is so great that studios don’t feel it is worth the risk. While many directors might feel relieved at not needing that screening process, it turns out that Rian Johnson missed it when filling his divisive The Last Jedi because he felt that with the franchise being so passionately followed, it might have helped to gauge some reaction of his ideas early, as he recently shared in a behind the scenes interview on the DVD (as revealed by Screen Rant) from his current mystery-movie success Knives Out, where test screenings helped him refine the movie better:

It was like a party in the theatre, it was really fun. It was like the first time I was like ‘Oh wow, this actually plays. This is good.’ Which is really nice and that’s something on Star Wars, you can’t test Star Wars movies for a lot of different reasons. I’ve always hated test screening, and when we were making Star Wars, at a certain point in the process you’re like ‘God, I would give my left arm to put this in front of 300 people in Burbank and just see how it plays.’

As controversial as it may be for directors, I’m of the view that a little testing can always help make something better because it’s always important to see how people react and see things in your project differently to how you might have it in your head. Would it have changed the direction of The Last Jedi? I doubt it as the film was actually quite a crowd-pleaser, though you suspect if the screening was filled with many really passionate Star Wars film, the theatre it was screening in may have been burnt down in protest.

Last Updated: March 18, 2020

20 Comments

  1. Stoompot

    March 18, 2020 at 17:14

    wow, deleting my comments? guess it ticks some people off. sorry for airing muh frustrations

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      March 18, 2020 at 17:28

      Now I really want to know what you said…. 😮

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      • cloudzn

        March 18, 2020 at 17:34

        Same here

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      • Stoompot

        March 18, 2020 at 21:58

        Also check Marvels new warriors, the got twins called snowflake and safespace. So corrageoues and inspirational

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          March 18, 2020 at 23:11

          Daniel Kibblesmith’s claim to fame is that he wrote for the Colbert show. He’s done a few comics in the past, but I think this was the first time they told him, “hey, Danni-muh-boy create some new characters for a new team”, and THIS absolute garbage is what he created.

          Absolutely depressing if you ask me….

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          March 19, 2020 at 07:46

          Lol, the trailer for the comic is the cringiest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

          https://youtu.be/5PCWUCv1rnU

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  2. Son of Banana Jim

    March 18, 2020 at 17:34

    This guy recently admitted that he wasn’t a fan of Star Wars, and that he didn’t really care too much for the characters, their legacy or the fandom. He wanted to create a divisive movie. He wanted to deconstruct Luke Skywalker and destroy the character, and now he wants to do damage control. What a pisspot.

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  3. Son of Banana Jim

    March 18, 2020 at 17:28

    It’s too late now, you rounded-headed buffoon. You ruined Star Wars.

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    • cloudzn

      March 18, 2020 at 17:34

      I think he just wanted to screw with fans

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        March 18, 2020 at 17:34

        Absolutely, and he’s still screwing with the fans.

        “Oh, I’m sorry I made the worst Star Wars movie ever and basically left nothing for the third movie to explore, but you know what I’m an artist, yo! It’s all about my artistic vision and how I’m smarter than all of you…. “

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