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A poster of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," directed by Rian Johnson. Star Wars/ Facebook

Rian Johnson wrote the script of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on a dedicated MacBook Air that was never connected to the internet. However, when filming began, plot leaks and pictures from the set started to surface online. Some of the fans are now concerned that the trilogy's plot may be recycling the same elements.

The concerns began after Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the story of the trilogy wasn’t mapped out beforehand. The intention was to give each new director the creative freedom to chart the course of the plot. Johnson also confirmed that he wasn’t presented with a fully realised story, though there were initial discussions about where it will eventually lead to.

When one of the fans raised concerns regarding this approach, Johnson tried to placate fans by explaining they are not building the story on the spot as filming progresses. Everything in the film was planned carefully beforehand; however, it will only be for that specific movie, not the entire trilogy. That means the director of the final film has to plan how the story ends.

While some of the fans were concerned with the plot of the trilogy not being mapped out, Johnson feels this is a good approach. Each new movie will be a chapter in the story and essentially a reaction to events that came before. Thus, the plot of the whole trilogy will emerge organically.

Johnson later added that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is not a derivative. Some of the fans were concerned about the recycling of the same plot points. The director felt that he has addressed the issue the best way he could: by working hard on the film for the past three years.