Atwood, who directed “The Lion King” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” as well as “The Princess Bride” and the TV movie “Gravity,” said in an interview published Sunday that he’s glad he didn’t have to do the script rewrite for “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
“There are things that happen in a movie that are hard to watch, but I think the reason it happened is because of the writing,” Atwood said, according to Variety.
“I wanted to go into this knowing that it was not going to be a remake.
I wanted to be in the room when it was happening.”
When asked if he regretted the way “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ended, Atwood responded, “I have no regrets.
It’s one of the great movies of all time, in my opinion.”
The director has been critical of the film, calling it “not a good story.”
“This was not the story that I wanted,” Atwoods said in a January interview with Rolling Stone.
“And I didn’t want to be told it was going to take this long.
But I was given the opportunity to make it what it was.
And the best part was that I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted.”
He said that “The Force Awakens,” like many other “StarWars” films, was a “filmic failure.”
He added that he and the “StarTrek” cast “were so close” to making “Star wars” canon in the franchise, but had to “take a step back.”
“We were so close to doing it and it just didn’t work out,” Atkins said.
“The idea that I could have done this movie as it is now is incredible.
But it just doesn’t happen every day.”
Atwood also spoke about the role of a director in “Starring Daniel Day-Lewis,” which he wrote and directed.
“We just talked about the director,” he said.
He also said that he was “absolutely” thrilled when he was cast as the character in the film.
“Daniel Day-Leigh was the right choice,” At Woods said.
The actor also discussed how his wife, actress Olivia Wilde, was inspired to star in “The Avengers” film.
“[Olivia Wilde] came to me in an emotional moment, and she said, ‘I’m just gonna do this,’ and she wanted to do it,” At Wood said.
Atwood went on to describe his time on the set of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” saying he was there for more than an hour.
“When I went on set, it was really a really intimate, personal experience,” At Wilson said.