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Colin Trevorrow says Star Wars: Episode IX will shoot on film

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Colin Trevorrow is looking to keep the Star Wars franchise on film for his entry in the series, and he’s also hoping to shoot some of it far, far away.

Speaking at the “Power of Story: The Art of Film” panel at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the Jurassic World director said that he would shoot Star Wars: Episode IX on film, just as he did with Jurassic World.

“I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it’s a period film: It happened a long time ago,” Trevorrow joked, explaining on the panel that he doesn’t like shooting period pieces with digital tools.

“The violinist [at a symphony] is going to choose the best possible violin, of course they will. I choose to shoot with the best possible violin,” he said, elaborating on his mentality for shooting on film and wanting to continue to do so with his Star Wars entry.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot on film and Rian Johnson plans to shoot Episode VIII on film as well.

Trevorrow is also hoping to keep his sequel grounded not just in how he shoots the movie, but in what he’s capturing on film. 

“I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space,” Trevorrow said on the panel.

Christopher Nolan, who was at the event with Trevorrow, said he had the same conversations before shooting Interstellar, and that now “there’s incredible footage from space” because of their work.

Watch the full panel discussion below on the use of film in the industry below. Trevorrow’s Episode IX will hit theaters in 2019.