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J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars Episode VII
And he may still do another Star Trek...

25 April 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Playboy

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J.J. Abrams

With his work on Star Trek Into Darkness now complete, bar some last minute tweaks and the obligatory press tour, J.J. Abrams can truly start pouring all his brainpower into making Star Wars Episode VII. Playboy tracked him down for an interview and got him to talk about taking on the challenge of a galaxy far, far away.

A big Star Wars fan, Abrams is applying all that he’s gleaned along the path so far to making the new movie. “I try to approach a project from what it’s asking. What does it need to be? What is it demanding? With Star Wars, one has to take into account what has preceded it, what worked, what didn’t. There are cautionary tales for anything you take on that has a legacy — things you look at and think, I want to avoid this or that, or I want to do more of something. But even that feels like an outside-in approach, and it’s not how I work. For me, the key is when you have a script; it’s telling you what it wants to be.”

He’s also pleased that he has the man who created the Wars universe in the first place to answer questions. “The advantage here is that we still have George Lucas with us to go to and ask questions and get his feedback on things, which I certainly will do. With Star Trek it was harder because I wasn’t a Star Trek fan; I didn’t have the same emotional feeling, and I didn’t have Gene Roddenberry to go to.”

But what of Star Trek’s own future? Surely his commitment to the Force will mean he’s out of the running to make any likely Trek film? “No. I would say it’s a possibility. We’re trying to figure out the next step. But it’s like anything: It all begins with the story.” So there you have it, folks: he may yet return to Kirk and co. The full interview can be found over at the Playboy site (be aware of possible, though mild NSFW content and remember: if anyone asks, claim you’re there for the articles.)

Star Trek Into Darkness lands here on May 9. The most recent trailer is lurking below. If you’re after more Abrams goodness, check out Empire’s J.J. Abrams issue, which is still available via the iPad.


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L: NeoBrowser I hope he takes as much of Lucas' advice as possible. pe you're trolling. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 14:41 on 02 May 2013 | Report This Post

JJ is the new Roddenberry
If the sequel is as good as his first, JJ should stick with the Star Trek franchise, which he re-imagined, while staying true to most Star Trek more. More

Posted by stffgpr2003 at 02:34 on 02 May 2013 | Report This Post

Stay away from Lucas
He's got Jar Jar for Brains already! More

Posted by nybras at 15:53 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

With Star Trek it was harder because I wasn’t a Star Trek fan; I didn’t have the same emotional feeling, and I didn’t have Gene Roddenberry to go to.”
Then why bother, that's exactly why JJ's Star Trek doesn't work, there's no heart in it, hopefully as his Abramness actually LIKES Star Wars it might fare a bit better More

Posted by Simon124 at 15:46 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

I am begging you...
"The advantage here is that we still have George Lucas with us to go to and ask questions and get his feedback on things, which I certainly will do"...I am begging you; please don't ask his advice!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:36 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

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L: BenTramer @leroythemasochist They've been dumbed down for foreign markets and made kiddie-friendly to make more money. . because foreigners are more stupid than English native speakers, innit? I agree with the overall sentiment, but I'd rather blame current cost & corporate structures then go down the xenophobic route. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 12:52 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

@leroythemasochist That's true but today's movies are very different. They've been dumbed down for foreign markets and made kiddie-friendly to make more money. They're not the challenging, complex and bleak films of the 70s, for me, the best era of films ever. So Abrams would not have the same choice his heroes had back in the day. Not his fault. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:17 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

sequel/remake weirdness
very excited about SW7 and looking forward to ST but this is surely a sign of the times that one of the most celebrated big name directors is most known for essentially making sequels and remakes. This is not how JJ's big heroes did things, they had the chance to make their own movies, from original stories. If we just keep on doing remakes and sequels we'll never have any more characters as great as Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo etc etc etc. OK, so these are just two More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 08:15 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

I hope he takes as much of Lucas' advice as possible. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 03:39 on 25 April 2013 | Report This Post

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