Director Colin Trevorrow Wants to Shoot ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ in Outer Space
Just recently, Star Wars: Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow attracted some attention when he said that he wanted to shoot the finale of the current Star Wars trilogy on film rather than digital. But, what’s more interesting perhaps, isn’t what he wants to shoot it with, but where he wants to shoot it. Namely, in outer space.
Trevorrow was speaking to an audience at the Sundance Film Festival when he revealed to the crowd that he’s asked Disney and Lucasfilm about the logistics of shooting some scenes for Star Wars among the actual stars.
I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!’
Which is a very good point. It may seem silly to shoot some establishing shots of space for use in Star Wars: Episode 9, but almost entire IMAX documentaries were shot in space, like Hubble 3D, which is absolutely mesmerizing. If Trevorrow, Disney and Lucasfilm could use that same technology to shoot scenes for a Star Wars movie, that would be something to behold. And if anyone can make it so this happens, it’s Disney and Lucasfilm who just so happen to have a couple bucks lying around.
Now this probably does not mean that they’ll be rocketing Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley into space (though wouldn’t that be something). Instead we’ll guess that Trevorrow is looking to film backgrounds or perhaps background plates for visual effects.
The question we’re sure will be asked is, why? Gravity didn’t film in space, but it sure looked gorgeous and realistic. It may very well turn out to be possible, but very expensive and far cheaper to do in a computer in California.
Whatever the final decision is, Trevorrow and his team have time to make up their minds: Star Wars: Episode 9 is set for release in 2019.