sat down with J.J. Abrams to discuss the current status of ‘Star Wars Episode VII’:
“We’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is.
I was never a Star Trek fan… How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”
J.J. Abrams initially rejected the offer to direct ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ , however he eventually changed his mind:
“My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation.”
I know that a lot of fans are very excited about J.J. Abrams being appointed as director of ‘Star Wars Episode VII’, but I would have prefered to have seen Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg take on the franchise. They have a more traditional style of directing which I tend to associate with ‘Star Wars’. They know how to direct action, understand pacing and can deliver the perfect balance between action and storytelling.
My only concern about J.J. Abrams directing is that it may not look or feel like a ‘Star Wars’ film. ‘Episode VII’ isn’t a reboot, but an extension of an existing franchise.
You can read more about Star Wars Episode VII as well as watch interviews about the film here: