Interview: J.J. Abrams discusses “Star Wars Episode VII”

April 1, 2013

Director J.J. Abrams recently sat down with EMPIRE MAGAZINE to talk in detail about why he loves the STAR WARS franchise. ¬†We also learn that there probably won’t be any pointless, updated special editions of his STAR WARS movies because he¬†revealed that he decided to share the original theatrical cuts when introducing the movie to his children. Good.

Here is what Abrams recently had to say:

“[Star Wars] did comedy, it did drama, it did romance, it did action-adventure, it did spectacle and scope and scale. When I saw that movie it was like another echelon of mind expansion. It balanced so incredibly character, pyrotechnics and groundbreaking visuals – but more importantly, groundbreaking ideas. You take for granted so many things about it that were really novel concepts, not just visually interesting things. The sets were incredible, the miniatures, what was done with opticals, what was done with matte painting on glass.”

“The truth is, it was so unbelievably ballsy and out-there. They combined every trick in the book, every technique. But more importantly, it was so deeply considered in terms of character. Whatever had been planned from the beginning or not, you cannot deny the attitudes of each of those characters – alluding to a world that you didn’t really have to understand, but that you knew existed.”

“My favourite movie, Annie Hall or Jaws or whatever, those are brilliant movies, but Star Wars did so much more because its ambition was preposterously huge. So, while I don’t think it influenced me more, it opened up another dimension of what was possible. But then I would say it doesn’t easily lend itself to influence, frankly, because it is so unique in its existence.”

“There was really no debate for me. There was no wrestling. I showed them the movies in the order they were made. The originals, yes, This is critical.”

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