Disney Loops in Rian Johnson for ‘Star Wars’ Sequels

rianjohnsonCelebrated indie director Rian Johnson – known for his time-travel action film Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as Brick – has been chosen by Disney to direct the next two Star Wars sequels, Episode XIII and IX. He will also script XIII and write at least a treatment for Episode IX if not the actual screenplay.

This move reinforces the trend of choosing bright young directors on the rise to rebuild Lucasfilm’s franchise, such as the previously announced Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four), who will oversee so far unspecified spin-off movies.

Is This Animated ‘Looper’ Trailer Truly Loopy?

The wait is almost over for Rian Johnson’s time-traveling mind-bender Looper (It opens Friday), but the producers are determined to make that wait seem as long as possible by introducing a unique animated trailer for the flick.

I know that anyone without prior knowledge of the film will not be able to make heads or tails of this trailer, but by incorporating a lot of different animation styles and constant motion and conflict, the wordless trailer gives the impression of a wild action movie with stunning visuals. I hope the real thing turns out to be just as good as this makes it look. I can hardly wait for the weekend!

Check Out Looper’s International Trailer

What’s better than a cool new Looper trailer? How about a cool new Looper trailer in French?

Nah, just kidding. The French subtitles on this international trailer actually get in the way of this action-packed clip, which features more and much better glimpses of the future world, and adds a bit of context to scenes we’ve already seen. As you may recall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hitman named Joe who is tasked with executing his future self, played by Bruce Willis.

This great trailer makes me more eager than ever to see this time-traveling gangster flick when it opens Sept. 28.

New Pictures Offer Looper Clues

Huzzah! Some new photos promoting Rian Johnson, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s twisty sci-fi noir flick, Looper! And this time, we get to see a glimpse of co-star Piper Perabo (Annie, COVERT AFFAIRS) looking sexy!

Looper is about Joe, a hit man who takes kill orders from mobsters in future who send their victims back in time to be executed in the past, where no evidence will be recovered. Then, one day, Joe (Gordon-Levitt) is ordered to kill his future self, played by Willis!

Why the time-travel gimmick? Johnson summed up the appeal of temporal tampering:

“One of the basic appealing things about time travel is being able to step out of this tiemeline we’re all chained to, of birth to death and “this is the time you’ve got and that’s it.” So there’s soemthing about cheating that’s at the heart of the appeal that makes time travel this shiny object that we love considering in our heads. So there’s something illicit about it, something that feels at its core like you’re cheating something, like you’re getting out of what you’re supposed to have. It also is just the perfect way to steal something, from Time Bandits onward, to drop out of the sky and grab Napoleon’s shit and then disappear again.”

Looper doesn’t open until Sept. 28, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Will Looper Tie Us Up in Knots?

The international trailer for this fall’s time-travel thriller Looper makes the movie look a little more complicated than it seemed before by adding a trite element seen in most “assassin” movies: Old Joe is supposed to kill his boss, the capo di tutti capi. Sigh.

I expected a little more from director Rian Johnson and collaborator Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But then again, perhaps they will come up with a unique twist on the clichéd plotline and it was used specifically for that goal. “A double-cross like you’ve never seen before!”

I still like the premise of trying to kill your future self — especially as the younger Joe specifies that what happens/happened to the older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis) doesn’t necessarily have to happen to him. Meaning that his own future isn’t set, and Old Joe’s past can be altered. That’s a very fluid situation!

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One thing we cannot change: Looper will not be released until Sept. 28.

Looper Trailer Will Hook You In

After a week of teasing from star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Rian Johnson, the first full trailer for the time-twisting gangster movie Looper has been released, and I think it does a remarkable job of making the complicated premise easy to understand. Also, the action scenes look exciting, so this clip is really effective.

And it accomplishes all this without including even a single Bruce Willis wisecrack!

The only downside to all this is that we have to wait until Sept. 28 for the movie to open. Because time travel hasn’t been invented yet.

Looper Poster

Have you heard about the forthcoming time-travel crime movie Looper? I know that’s an uninspiring name, but the movie itself is very high concept. It promises to be a noirish hit-man movie that uses time travel as its main trope.

The movie stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as older and younger versions of the same character, respectively. To help convince audiences, Gordon-Levitt has been fitted with some subtle prosthetics to make his face resemble Willis’. (Not all movies go to that sort of trouble.)

I really like this poster a lot, because it conveys that the actors are two sides of the same guy, and you can see how the prosthetics just hint at making Gordon-Levitt resemble Willis without looking cartoonish. The playing-card motif makes me want to watch this movie.

I’ll let director Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom) explain the plot:

Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from [The Brothers] Bloom, and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn’t technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there.

The movie opens Sept. 28, so it gives us something to look forward to this fall. The plan is for some more teaser material to be released this coming week, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that the new material will bolster my good feelings.