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'Star Wars': Rian Johnson and the rise of the everyfan director
'Star Wars': Rian Johnson and the rise of the everyfan director

In the spring of 2008, when “Looper” was still a glint in the eye of director Rian Johnson, the filmmaker and I sat down to coffee at a Hollywood restaurant. Actually, "glint in the eye" is the wrong phrase, since, although he had secured no actor nor studio commitments yet, his mind was churning with ideas. Over the several hours and many gentle journalistic inquests that followed, Johnson gleefully went through the narrative possibilities of a film that would combine the time-travel, dystopia and hit-man genres, at one point even taking out a napkin (and then a second and a third) to illustrate some stickier story points. The moment occurred to me Friday when...

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