JJ Abrams Interview

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just a movie, but the beginning of a new trilogy of films. How does a filmmaker like J.J. Abrams balance worrying about this film versus setting up ideas and characters for the rest of the arc? Did he create a treatment for the sequel trilogy with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt? Did he work with Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson and Episode IX helmer Colin Trevorrow?

At the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I sat down with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to learn how the future of the Star Wars saga is being created.
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Would you look at that – Star Wars: The Force Awakens is less than a week away. Try to contain your excitement through this latest edition of Star Wars Bits, which includes:

  • J.J. Abrams reveals the most disturbing Star Wars scene.
  • Kathleen Kennedy teases Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • Harrison Ford does not want to talk about the young Han Solo movie.
  • Lawrence Kasdan is happy to talk about the young Han Solo movie.
  • A collection of adorable Star Wars Facebook stickers.
  • J.J. Abrams discusses his future involvement in the saga.
  • James Corden and Chris Hardwick sing a Star Wars Christmas song for some reason.
  • And more!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan poses with the creatures from the movie.

It’s Friday and we’re less than a week away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters nationwide. I thought we’d be in Star Wars overkill at this point, but even with a Force Awakens round-up each day on the site I was expecting to be bombarded with much more Force Awakens content the week before JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel hits theaters. In today’s edition of Force Awakens Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Take a first look at Greg Grunberg‘s character: X-Wing pilot Snap Wexly
  • See Four new international Force Awakens character posters revealed
  • Are all Bad Robot office visitors are forced to sign a Star Wars NDA?
  • Russell Crowe saw 9 Minutes of The Force Awakens calls it “Spectacular”
  • Nearly an hour of John Williams Force Awakens score was discarded, modified or rerecorded
  • Alamo Draft House Cinema offers Star Wars-themed meals listed on a Millennium Falcon menu
  • How Rick Carter‘s art team effected The Force Awakens scriptwriting process
  • For preparation, Oscar Issac was given blueprints of every button that had ever been used on screen in an X-Wing
  • Why JJ Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan started from scratch when Michael Arndt left Force Awakens 
  • And the header photo shows Star Wars: The Force Awakens chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan posing with the creatures from the film. So cool.

All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular dose of Star Wars news that won’t quite fit anywhere else! In today’s edition:

  • The great Toshiro Mifune turned down two roles in Star Wars.
  • J.J. Abrams wants Ava DuVernay to direct a Star Wars movie.
  • Rogue One has started filming in a new location.
  • Star Wars and Notorious B.I.G. get mashed up.
  • Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan talks about the Han Solo spin-off.
  • Daisy Ridley talks about acting in Star Wars and fan reactions.

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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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Update: After the jump we’ve included a video of the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference, which actually contains a bunch of funny moments we didn’t talk about in our original information-focused report.

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

With Star Wars: the Force Awakens hitting theaters in just a matter of weeks, an international press tour is sure to bring an overload of Star Wars news. So Star Wars Bits will probably be a daily feature for the next couple weeks, and we’ll try to divide the Star Wars news into Force Awakens Bits for those who want to know more about the upcoming movie and Star Wars Bits which will focus on everything else in the galaxy far far away. It’s also impossible for us to cover every single interview, nor would we want to. So we’re going to try to focus on the best and most interesting. In today’s Force Awakens Bits:

  • Captain Phasma was originally written as a man.
  • Learn why Leia didn’t become a Jedi after Episode VI.
  • JJ Abrams teases Force Awakens easter eggs.
  • Watch a Disney XD clip featuring a new outfit for Rey, Leia, and a look at Maz Kanata.
  • Learn about the new tech features contained in the First Order Stormtrooper armor.
  • How the Resistance differs from the Rebellion.
  • The story of the R2 Builder who was hired to work on Episode 7 and the extreme secrecy that led to him keeping from telling his family about the job.
  • More talk about The Force Awakens‘ box office prospects.
  • Preview a new book featuring stories of new Force Awakens alien characters.
  • Details about the opening of the film.
  • And the header image is fan created wallpaper.

All that and more in today’s Force Awakens bits. Hit the jump to Hyperspace for more.

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The great thing about Lawrence Kasdan is that he’s critically bulletproof. No matter how many bad movies he makes (and he’s the main guy responsible for Dreamcatcher), he’s still the man who wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat, and The Big Chill. And he’s allowed to say whatever the hell he wants about Star Wars because he wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Are you, lowly Star Wars fan, really going to argue with the guy who actually put words in the mouths of Han, Luke, and Leia?

Director J.J. Abrams brought Kasdan back into the Lucasfilm fold for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the two of them co-writing the screenplay together after the original writer departed the project. He brings with him a certain amount of goodwill – he knows what made the best movies in the series tick because he was there. Which is why this new interview, where he explains just how different Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode 8 will be and how Star Wars should always be a little goofy, is vital reading.

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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.

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