Rian Johnson wrote ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ script on air-gapped Apple MacBook Air to guard against leak

“I’ve racked up an embarrassing amount of time playing Desert Golfing on my iPhone X. It’s a lovely little app. It’s so stupid. Some horrible friend recommended it,” Rian Johnson laments in The Wall Street Journal. “I can’t remember who, but if I ever do, I need to punch that person in the face. The most humiliating thing is I think I have played more than 1,500 holes on it.”

“I typed Episode VIII out on a MacBook Air. For security it was ‘air-gapped’ — never connected to the internet. I carried it around and used it for nothing except writing the script. I kept it in a safe at Pinewood Studios,” Johnson explains. “I think my producer was constantly horrified I would leave it in a coffee shop.”

“When I was writing Episode VIII, I was listening to ‘The History of Rome’ podcast (hosted by Mike Duncan),” Johnson ways. “The stories have a lot of similarities. They’re about family dynamics and family politics. They’re about war and the mechanisms of war. You’ve got characters like Nero who are these insane, larger-than-life, operatic madmen driving their country to ruin. It’s very timely.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Five stars for The History of Rome by Mike Duncan! Highly recommended.

Also (see the full article), five stars as well each for Johnson’s watch (Omega Speedmaster Pro), camera (Leica M6 35mm film), sketchbooks (Moleskine A4-size soft cover), and, of course, personal computer, the still inimitable and nearly perfect in every respect MacBook Air.


  1. “When I was writing Episode VIII, I was listening to ‘The History of Rome’ podcast (hosted by Mike Duncan)…”

    what a great history teacher this Duncan guy is…his series on Rome is just fabulous.

    1. Wow…this may be the first thing I have ever agreed with you about in any of your comments, lol. Sign of the apocalypse?

      [his “Revolutions” podcast is first rate, too, if you’re into that sort of thing].

  2. I didn’t dislike The Last Jedi but I didn’t love it either. My main problem with these two new films is that really the plot could have been condensed into one. They’re not slow in an interesting way, it’s just that not much really happens. Rey is barely any different than she was at the start of the film. Her character development could have been one in ten minutes. There’s one film left in this trilogy and it hardly feels like it has even started.

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