J.J. Abrams Says There Will Be A Compromise Between Super Secrecy And Openness For STAR WARS VII

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abrams bannerDirector J.J. Abrams is known for his ‘secret box’ approach to film making. To the frustration of fans, Abrams doesn’t like to reveal any details at all about the movies he is working on. That has becoming increasingly frustrating to some considering Abrams is getting ready to start production on Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII. The only thing we know with 100% certainty is that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are working on the script, R2-D2 is involved, and Jesse Plemons has had discussions with Abrams about a role. That’s it. Abrams recently talked about his super secret tendencies as well as how there will be a compromise between his approach and the usual openness of Star Wars over the next few months.

Speaking with The Daily Telegraph about his new book S and his work on Star Wars, Abrams was interrupted early in his interview by his people. The line went dead for an uncomfortable amount of time, then Abrams finally started talking again:

Are you kidding me? My god. My office… I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.

So apparently that’s the line when it comes to secrets for Abrams- he won’t sit in a pitch black room typing away at a script. Everything else is still fair game though. Abrams went on to talk about our culture of instant gratification and how that’s part of the reason people find him frustrating. The director says “We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.

While Abrams has his own set of beliefs when it comes to what fans can and should know, the Star Wars universe is usually a little more open than he’s used to. With filming imminent and the December 18, 2015 release date set, Abrams will have to open up a little. He will keep things secret, but Abrams admits that there will be some level of compromise:

Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.

So Abrams super secret approach will rub against the general openness of Star Wars, but a few things will come out between now and the release. The director has said numerous time the last few months that he regretted keeping Khan’s involvement in Star Trek Into Darkness a secret, so maybe he will change his ways slightly. What do you think about the director’s comments?


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