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J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars Episode VII
J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars Episode VII
“There’s something amazing here…”

23 March 2013  |  Written by James Dyer  |  Source: Exclusive

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Mention the name JJ Abrams and there’s one question that immediately barges all others aside: what’s the plan for Episode VII? While he was able to approach Star Trek with a detached objectivity, how will he, as a huge Star Wars fan approach Star Wars' bold new era? Empire put that question to the man himself when we recently sat down with him at his Bad Robot offices in LA.

“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.

“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.”

Lucasfilm whipped fans into a frenzy this year when they announced that JJ Abrams would be the man to bring Star Wars back to the big screen. The director had turned down Episode VII last year, throwing people off the scent, but in a surprise volte face he subsequently accepted the mantle and became a new hope for the galaxy far, far away.

“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.

“I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.”

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Read more of our exclusive in-depth interview with JJ Abrams in the May issue of Empire, on-sale Thursday 28 March.


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Cause for optimism
I am a Star Wars fan AND a Star Trek fan. TNG was my personal favourite ST series, but in terms of the motion pictures, I prefer the 1-4. JJ took a LOT of liberties with his movie, but in the end, it was fun, fresh and entertaining, while retaining the feel and spirit of the franchise. I don't love all of his films - Cloverfield and Super 8 were extremely disappointing, while 'Lost' degenerated into nonsense. However, his work on Mission Impossible was very positive, while Alias and Fringe ar More

Posted by Hillsman at 13:41 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

Fascinating. I have been a fan of both the CBS-owned "Star Trek" and the Disney/Lucasfilm-owned "Star Wars." For that, I am looking forward to both "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Star Wars Episode VII." More

Posted by DonDonP1 at 02:49 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

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Hey, I'm no Trekkie by any means, and I did enjoy the 2009 movie, but I can imagine hardcore Trekkies being super-pissed about how different and more commercial the movie was and how the masses are now suddenly "fans" of Star Trek. I have a friend who's always been a big Star Trek fan and he always tells me about how he liked the JJ Abrams flick as a movie, but as a Star Trek instalment it pissed him off. So there you go. Anyhoo, back on topic, indeed, only time will tell. But since there' More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 15:06 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

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Only time will tell. He might have better luck with Star Wars that Star Trek though as he's certainly drawn a lot from Lucas' franchise.... Bitter Star Trek fan, I know! :) More

Posted by neopol at 14:07 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

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L: Flashingturtle I'm just not sure, as the big guy says "I have a bad feeling about this." your imagination, kid! In all seriousness, though, I'm really not sure either. I mean, I'm optimistic as hell, but nothing's certain. We can only pray for the best. The next couple of years are gonna be fucking intense. That boy is our last hope. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 11:55 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

I'm just not sure, as the big guy says "I have a bad feeling about this." More

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