Israeli Ram Bergman to Produce New Star Wars Movies

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The producer of Looper has signed on for the last two Star Wars sequels.

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Israel native of Rishon Lezion, Ram Bergman, has been named a producer for two of the upcoming Star Wars sequels, the eighth and ninth films of the series.

Sci Fi nerds around the world were excited when it was first announced that J.J. Abrams, the television producer behind Lost and the man who revived the Star Trek franchise, would direct the next Star Wars film. Only the most diehard of fans was not disappointed in the three Star Wars prequels that George Lucas wrote and directed back in the 1990s.

Now comes news that Mr. Abrams will be replaced on the final two installments in the series by Rian Johnson, who directed Looper, with Bruce Willis, and Brick. Both movies were produced by Bergman.

Brick, which came out in 2005 to rave reviews, was Bergman’s breakout film. It starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a high school kid who gets involved with a teenage gang while looking for his missing girlfriend.

The two filmmakers also collaborated on the movie The Brothers Bloom, which starred Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz. Not so well received by critics, however, that movie was about a team of sibling con men.

Perhaps the duo was chosen for the Star Wars franchise based on the 2012 science fiction/action drama Looper. That movie did get rave reviews and, more importantly, became an instant classic among Sci-Fi aficionados. It also starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who, as of now, has not been reported to be involved in the new Star Wars movies.

Another Bergman collaboration with Gordon-Levitt was the latter’s 2013 directorial debut, Don Jon, which co-starred Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. Gordon-Levitt also wrote the movie about a man who has trouble relating to women.

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Bergman first moved to America in 1991. He worked at many odd jobs as he tried to make it in Hollywood. He has now produced 31 movies.

In an interview with Variety in 2005 Bergman said, “You get caught up in how to make a living, but if you work as a P.A. [production assistant] or a second assistant, that’s not getting you closer to your dream. As a valet, I had the flexibility to do what I wanted in terms of achieving my goals.”

Next up for Bergman is the Natalie Portman film, A Tale of Love and Darkness about the Israeli writer Amos Oz. The movie, due out later this year, was written and directed by Portman and is based on Amos Oz’s memoir.

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