J.J. Abrams Briefly Comments On Star Wars VII’s Tone


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There’s been a lot of rumors about what will happen with J.J. Abrams Star Wars VII and who could possibly be joining the cast. While we pretty well know that Han, Luke, and Leia will be involved that’s about it as far as info goes. Entertainment Weekly got the chance to speak with Abrams about his new sci-fi TV series Almost Human, but they also used that opportunity to ask the director about Star Wars.

We haven’t really heard anything at all from Abrams about what he has in store for the first entry int Disney‘s new Star Wars trilogy. The director is known for his ‘mystery box’ approach, but with Star Wars he has taken his mystery box and put it inside a much larger and more secure mystery box. While Abrams stayed coy about the film, he did reveal a little about the tone he’s going for. The two questions from EW:

Which of the previous Star Wars films best exemplifies what you’re aiming to do in terms of the spirit or tone of Episode VII?

Abrams: “Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”

Media and fans have been offering you a ton of unsolicited advice about to how to approach the film. Is there any particular thing they’ve said that you’ve taken to heart?

Abrams: “It’s been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas’] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”

It’s comforting to hear that he’s going for a more realistic approach. You can read that any number of ways, but I think that hints more at a New Hope and Empire Strikes style. Hopefully part of making it “feel real” is using more practical effects rather than CGI. The original trilogy stands the test of time in many areas thanks to its practical effects. What do you think about Abrams‘ comments? What do you think he means by making it “feel real?”

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Source : EW