‘Star Wars’ director J.J. Abrams says ‘VIII’ script is written, shares ‘biggest challenge’ he’s faced

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J.J. Abrams is dropping little Star Wars: The Force Awakens gems all over the place in a new interview.

The director had a lengthy chat with Wired, talking all things VII. In one small revelation, he shared that a script for VIII, which will be directed by Rian Johnson, has already been completed.

“The script for VIII is written,” he says. “I’m sure rewrites are going to be endless, like they always are.”

He and screenwriter Larry Kasdan also encouraged Johnson to come to the Force Awakens set so that Johnson could watch dailies and get familiar with the world he was about to inherit. Abrams even gave Johnson an early screening of the upcoming film. Read more…

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‘Deep Web’ director Alex Winter: Silk Road case wasn’t really about drugs

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Ross Ulbricht, the man convicted as being the mastermind behind the black market website Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Deep Web, a documentary about Ulbricht and the Silk Road trial, as well as deeper issues such as privacy, digital rights and the role of the government, debuts on Epix on Sunday night.

For Deep Web director Alex Winter, the timing of the release was strictly coincidental. “We had no way of knowing the sentencing [of Ulbricht] would be pushed back by two weeks,” he tells me. As a result of the timing, Winter had to rush to get information to editing crews to add in a final line about Ulbricht’s sentence at the end of the film in time for the Epix premiere. Read more…

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