J.J. Abrams Talks About The STAR WARS VII Release Date, R2-D2, And Lawrence Kasdan
Disney and J.J. Abrams finally set the release date for the highly anticipated Star Wars VII after numerous reports circulated that there were no-holds-barred fights about whether the film would come out in 2015 like Disney said or if it would be 2016 like producer Kathleen Kennedy wanted. Things got even more complicated when it was revealed that Abrams and original Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan would be taking over scriptwriting duties from Michael Arndt. In two recent interviews Abrams talked a little bit about the release date and working on the script with Kasdan.
Speaking to MTV, Abrams was asked one serious question and then a couple of funny questions. On the serious side of things Abrams was asked about Disney locking him in for a December 2015 release. Abrams said that’s much better than what was originally planned, but he’s hard at work to get it done on time:
I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in the summer. Before I even came onto the project, before I was brought on, they were talking about 2015. That made that announcement very early on. I understand why they would want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. I think it’s a hugely important thing that that come first. A release date is great, but you have to release something great. To me, the new release date is a huge improvement.
The director was also asked about the recent casting news about R2-D2. So far that little bot is the only confirmed actor for the film. Abrams said that you can’t do Star Wars without R2-D2. When asked if that meant C-3PO was along for the ride as well, Abrams said the golden robot “has a different agent.” You can watch the full video below to see Abrams’ reaction to Josh Horowitz’s Jar-Jar Binks impersonation.
Speaking to Total Film about the script, Abrams praised his partner Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan is a great partner for Abrams considering he worked on A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Said Abrams:
Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We’ve had a lot of fun working together. He’s an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer.
The film will be shooting in England, a big departure from the norm for Abrams. Every film the director has done so far has been in LA, but now he’s going to have to pack up and head across the pond. Abrams was reluctant to do that but he just couldn’t past up the opportunity to do Star Wars. The director touched on the move:
It’s something that I’ve always intended to do. But I’m torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine. Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for involved.
And now Abrams will go back into hiding as he dodges more Star Wars questions and finishes up the script. R2-D2 is really the only thing we know for sure about the movie, with everything else still falling under the rumor category. Hopefully we’ll get a few more solid pieces of info before the end of the year. What do you think about Abrams’ comments? Do you think everything will come together in time for the 2015 release?