J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′; Says ‘We’re Just Getting Started’

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J.J. Abrams is the man responsible for renovating Star Trek for the 21st century, so the announcement that he’s directing Star Wars: Episode VII made serious waves around the sci-fi geek community. The filmmaker had refused the offer early on – citing his loyalty to Star Trek and desire to approach the new Star Wars films as a fan “rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them” – but changed his mind after several weeks of discussions with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Abrams has laid low since his confirmation, thanks to the marketing campaign for Star Trek Into Darkness heating up and the ongoing guessing game about which Star Wars “original trilogy” stars are coming back for Disney and Lucasfilm’s ambitious new era of cinematic installments. He’s finally broken his public vow of silence on the subject; though, in typical Abrams fashion, he’s keeping his hand of cards very close to the chest.

That’s because he’s still being dealt a hand (figuratively speaking), according to Abrams in a recent interview with Empire. Here is what he said, when questioned about how his well-established love for everything Star Wars-related will affect his approach to Episode VII (when compared to his comparatively impartial feelings about rebooting the Star Trek franchise):

“I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.”

We know Abrams doesn’t mean Episode VII is “just getting started” in general, as the project has been developing since at least last summer (back when George Lucas met with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher about them possibly reprising as the Skywalker twins). The director continued to insist he’s just getting his feet wet in the Star Wars universe, but indicated he won’t be using familiar re-invention blueprints:

“How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”

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The Star Trek reboot benefitted from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci writing the script (with producer Damon Lindelof joining them on Into Darkness) – since they are skilled at world building (ex. Fringe) and creating action-driven narratives with a deeper human meaning (Mission: Impossible III) – and having Abrams at the helm, since he subscribes to an identical school of thought, but also possesses the big-budget filmmaking knowledge and marketing savvy (see: the new Into Darkness poster reveal) to keep everybody feeling happy.

It’s no wonder that Steven Spielberg pushed Kennedy to hire Abrams (something he re-affirmed during his Empire interview), even given the director’s commitment to the Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises at Paramount:

“My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation. I went down to tell Katie, my wife, and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss SunshineToy Story 3), who should bring the same heart and passion as Lucas did on the original trilogy, but can also incorporate the shades of grey that make the drama more complex than an elemental battle between good and evil (see: our “6 Reasons Why Jedi Could Be Villains In a ‘Star Wars’ Movie”). That leaves Abrams in a familiar position, having the proper creative material to re-invigorate a somewhat faded sci-fi franchise and ensure the cash cow keeping reaping in big profits for years to come. Will lightning strike twice?


Star Wars: Episode VII remains tentatively scheduled to arrive by 2015.


Source: Empire

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  1. The idea of Jedi being the villains is never going to happen.

    The idea may appeal to some who think that the hero and the villain just depend upon your world view but half the movie going population are going to see that idea as offensive and preachy.

    Plus the appeal of Star Wars is in it’s simplicity. Trying to make it deeper as has been done with batman and other comic to movie incarnations in recent years would just destroy it imo.

    Keep it light, keep it fun.

    • Batman was destroyed by going deeper into the character?

      Tell that to the billions worldwide who offered their money in exchange for an amazing trilogy and the multitude of new comic book readers that started because of the work Nolan, Goyer etc did with Batman.

      • I don’t think he’s saying that. I think he’s saying that *if* Star Wars was given the same treatment as Batman, it would destroy it. I agree with that position. Although I love stories that explore the grey area between good and evil, I also love how Star Wars celebrates the classic good guys vs bad guys dynamic.

  2. at last star wars 7 will make heaps of money even if it’s terrible Am i right in saying jj. abrams hasn’t flopped yet

  3. Sounds like I missed something juicy. That aside, I’m really looking forward to Abram’s take on the franchise. When it comes to the CGI, I hope Abrams dials it back a bit from Episode I-III: the big battle scenes in Episode III are nearly impossible to watch because so much is happening on the screen at once. I also hope he casts some fresh faces who can really act.

    • Yeah, I agree. Most of the space battles in the prequels were too frantic for my taste. Infact many films now use overly complicated cgi camera movements that detract from what is going on. I’d prefer simpler, slower and more graceful scenes.

      • You prefer simpler, slower and more graceful scenes. Go watch twilight. F#@&!

        • LOL!!! That was great!

          • Aren’t firefights meant to be frantic?

            Not sure I know where you’re coming from here motoko. I take it you hated the home movie feel of Cloverfield too due to the lack of long, lingering tracking shots?

            That’s not a criticism by the way, just seems you might be one of those people who get headaches when things fly by quickly on screen and your eyes can’t keep up with the action. If so then it’s a shame your enjoyment is soured by that.

  4. Sounds great! I’m really hoping he can pull this off, because his Star Trek film (aside from tossing the science book out the window) was brilliant, with compelling stories and characterization.

    • Compelling stories like ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ over, and over, and over, and over again!!

      Yes and like ‘Star Wars III’ with so much disconnected action it actually became bland. So bland Rifftrax had a field day, or three…

  5. JJ Abrams the vampire has nothing to say due to lack of interest, as always he will start his work only after he chooses what movies to clone.
    In the 2009 Star trek he chose to clone and mash together Picard’s Star Trek movies, the 2002 Trek movei with Tom Hardy and his minions and 1996 Trek with borgs and time travel.

    • So basically he stuck right to the source material?..

      • Well, if beat for beat remake is sticking to source material, then yes. In my eyes it is lazy and repulsive, that a somewhat competent jobber is let to direct sci-fi movies that can be qualified as fantasy at best. I like fantasy, but no need to disguise it as something else.

  6. I’m a bit worried he’s driven by “guttural passion” and not heart based passion. :(

    • Sometimes, the gut steers you better than your heart.

      For instance (and non-movie related), I once plucked up the courage to tell someone how I felt about her only because my gut instinct was to tell her while my heart was unsure and wanting to hold off a little longer.

      Ended up having the best summer ever. Won’t ever forget her.

      • “Guttural” relates to the throat, not the gut, so yeah, I’m slightly worried too!

    • I guess there’ll be a lot of growling in it. :-)

      • Maybe he was trying to say his heart was in his throat but it just didn’t come out right…

  7. Doesn’t Carrie Fisher have to lose like 300 lbs. if she’s gonna be taking the role of Princess Leia again? Also, I am excited that JJ Abrams will be directing. I don’t want to see what we saw with episodes I – III, where we were forced to sit through two really crappy movies before we finally got to see what we were waiting for all along, and that’s Annakin Skywalker fighting Ob-Wan Kenobi and becoming Darth Vader.

    Also, I hope the plot won’t just be a rehash of I to III, and hopefully the writing will be better. There were some profound lines in Star Wars III such as: “I love you.” “I love you more.” “No, I love you more…” and “My powers have doubled since the last time we met Count Dooku…”

  8. Hello, I have wanted to leave a comment for J J Abrams about Star Wars for awhile now. I have, like a lot of people been a fan of Star Wars since I was little and I’m terrified of the out come :of each new movie :). That said, JJ Abram was in my top 2 directors for the film because I’ve always been a fan of his work and have always been happy with his work… I thought the work he did on Star Trek was great and I’m more of a Star Wars fan personally :) so if any1 can make it work it will be Mr. Abrams :) and if I could leave 1 comment that sums up everything… It would be to watch the 3 video clips bio ware did for there release of Star Wars the old republic online game. I thought that those 3 clips, Retured, hope, and decived, something like that :) where great, the best animated Star Wars footage I’ve seen in years, I loved how they brought it to the screen I watched it over an over, awesome :) watch it Mr Abrams it may give you a little insight in how action an the force come to gather :) just a thought, thanks for reading and ill Seeya in the movies!!!