Since it was announced that J.J. Abrams was going to direct Episode 7 of the Star Wars saga, he hasn’t talked too deeply about the process of developing the new film. So when I had the opportunity to talk to Abrams at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I was filled with questions about how his vision of the next episode of Star Wars came about.
After the jump you can read my full J.J. Abrams interview. Some of the quotes have been previously features on the site (for instance, the stuff on working with Rian Johnson and The Raid guys and also his belief on the Force being more inclusive than midi-chlorians and bloodlines). But the interview packs a lot more: I ask Abrams about how his vision of the future of the Skywalker saga differed from the treatments that George Lucas turned in for the upcoming sequel trilogy, the lessons he took away from the Star Wars prequels, and more.
And you’ll notice that Abrams uses his Jedi mind tricks to not directly answer some of these questions, but his answers (for instance, his response about what he loved about the original trilogy) are actually very calculated and telling responses.
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The awakening is coming, can you feel it? We are now 7 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here is a look at what we’ll be talking about in today’s Force Awakens Bits:
- A look inside the Star Wars writers room.
- J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley on whether you should see the film in 3D, 2D or IMAX.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been shortlisted for an Oscar.
- Harrison Ford says Han Solo’s lines in The Force Awakens trailers aren’t what they seem.
- In India, Force Awakens could be upstaged by Bollywood holdovers.
- Learn about Harrison Ford‘s contributions to the script.
- NASA says BB-8 isn’t well designed.
- Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy explains George Lucas‘ involvement with Force Awakens and the future of Star Wars.
All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!
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I talked to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy over the weekend at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, the full interview will hit the site later in the week. During my chat I learned that the company is still spending a lot of time looking, discussing and developing two of the most notorious left-over projects from the George Lucas era: the live-action Star Wars TV show Star Wars: Underworld and the Star Wars 1313 video game. Could either of these thought to have been abandoned projects find new light in the Disney era? Find out after the jump.
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Over the weekend, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that just six days after George Lucas said he hadn’t seen a single frame of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the creator of the sci-fi universe had finally seen the film. In addition, she told us that “he liked it.” But now we finally have word from the man himself, kinda.
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Over the weekend I talked exclusively to J.J. Abrams about his new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That whole conversation will be posted at a later time, but I thought I’d share one answer that I personally found very interesting.
Its no secret that George Lucas based a lot of the Star Wars saga on Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, and over the past four decades we’ve seen a lot of films employing the “Chosen One” trope. The Star Wars prequels took the “Chosen One” myth to an even more specific level because Force/Jedi-potential was linked to having a high midi-chlorian count. A lot of Star Wars fans didn’t like the pseudo-scientific explanation, and especially the idea of having to be born with a high midi-chlorian count or from a certain bloodline to harness the powers of the Force.
And now that a new trilogy of Star Wars films is coming out, with the Force having awakened, I wondered if the ideology behind this might have evolved. I asked J.J. Abrams: Does The Force Awakens explore the possibility that anyone can have the power? His answer, after the jump.
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As of the end of November, Star Wars creator George Lucas hadn’t seen a single frame of the forthcoming saga continuance, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But here we are just six days later and that has changed entirely.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Lucas will be attending the premieres of the movie in Los Angeles and London, but he’s actually already seen the entire movie. So the question is, what does the man who gave us the galaxy far, far away think about this new chapter in the franchise? Find out below! Read More »
Steven Spielberg is probably going to direct another Indiana Jones film. There has been talk of rebooting the franchise — rumors that have always been quickly shot down — but Spielberg and Harrison Ford seem intent on making a fifth installment in the series. One day someone will probably fill Ford’s shoes in the lead. A reboot is bound to happen. But don’t expect the role to be recast anytime soon.
After the jump, Spielberg explains why there’s only one Indiana Jones.
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George Lucas has been very quite for the past couple years, but over the past few weeks the Star Wars creator has made comments in a variety of publications about the future of the franchise he created. First George Lucas revealed that Disney was not interested in his involvement in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and didn’t like the stories he outlined for the sequel trilogy. Force Awakens filmmaker JJ Abrams was quick to respond, claiming that Disney made the decision before he came on board: the studio “had decided they wanted to go a different way” with the story. Well now Lucas has given a new interview, where he talks more about not being involved in the new film, and reveals that Disney has yet to screen the film for him. He also talks about the long-running Special Edition controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially PG-13. That’s the rating we all expected, but some fans worried Disney would try to make the film a completely kid-friendly picture — something we shouldn’t expect from J.J. Abrams or this franchise. Even the PG installments, like The Empire Strikes Back, would’ve been rated PG-13 today.
Abrams’ sequel is the second Star Wars film to be rated PG-13. After the jump, learn what the Force Awakens’ rating is and isn’t for.
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Even though George Lucas has said that he always conceived Star Wars to span a trilogy, and then wanted to go back and tell the first three chapters of the story with prequels and finish it up with a third trilogy, there is plenty of evidence to support the opposite, such as Luke and Leia’s potential love affair turned sibling relationship. But no matter when he conceived of the story to follow Return of the Jedi, the fact remains that he did come up with an idea for a sequel, but Disney didn’t want it after they bought Lucasfilm.
Recently, an interview had George Lucas Star Wars Episode VII involvement laid out as being completely non-existent, long before the film even was called The Force Awakens, and it’s mostly because the studio didn’t want to embark upon the story outline that Lucas already had planned in his head. Find out more below! Read More »