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03.25.2013

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J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is out in May and the director is already out making the rounds to promote the movie. But I feel like for every Star Trek question that he fields there's going to be three more that are about STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, which I think could get repetitive very quickly. I know everyone wants the latest news on the sequels and how Abrams feels about directing a film in a franchise he loves, but come on can't we wait until after STAR TREK comes out? It's like a new mother showing off her baby girl and someone asking her, "Well that's awesome but when are you going to squeeze out a boy?"

Empire has been releasing some of their conversations with J.J. Abrams from their newest issue and today's comments are about his love for STAR WARS and how it may affect how he works on the new film. Empire specifically asked him that question and this is what he had to say:

“I don’t know because 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. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that."

J.J. Abrams goes on to add:

“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.”

Abrams also talked about how he initially turned down directing Episode VII but then reached a point where he felt comfortable accepting the massive undertaking:

“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 went down to tell Katie, my wife, and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning. I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.”

There are people that aren't pleased that J.J. Abrams is directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII but I think the man loves the original films so much it would literally kill him to make a bad movie in the series. He would absolutely hate to have his entry in the franchise looked down upon and I think Abrams isn't a fool: he knows how high the stakes are. If he is willing to take this on knowing fully well the scorn and hatred that could be unleashed on him from unhappy STAR WARS fans then I have faith that he's going to deliver the goods.

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Extra Tidbit: And for his next trick, watch as the amazing J.J. Abrams directs a big screen version of Andromeda!
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3:58PM on 03/26/2013

J.J. Abrams is the only choice

There are some great up-and-coming directors out there that might make a decent Star Wars movie but there are very few that have the experience of captaining such a massive project with such great expectations. The studio needs someone who can handle the pressure of the first installment - that man is JJ (or possibly Bird or Kosinski!).
There are some great up-and-coming directors out there that might make a decent Star Wars movie but there are very few that have the experience of captaining such a massive project with such great expectations. The studio needs someone who can handle the pressure of the first installment - that man is JJ (or possibly Bird or Kosinski!).
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5:56PM on 03/25/2013

This will Rock

You have to remember one thing, no matter what you think about any Abrams movie you have to concede that he can do characters, that he can make them interact well, and give you something to make you care about them. The biggest thing the prequels lacked was a talented Director! If Lucas would have let someone else into the Directing chair so much would have been different.

Flash forward and we have Abrams a fantastic Director with a passion for the material and there is no way we are getting
You have to remember one thing, no matter what you think about any Abrams movie you have to concede that he can do characters, that he can make them interact well, and give you something to make you care about them. The biggest thing the prequels lacked was a talented Director! If Lucas would have let someone else into the Directing chair so much would have been different.

Flash forward and we have Abrams a fantastic Director with a passion for the material and there is no way we are getting another slew of wooden monotone performances from his actors.

Bring it J.J. if all goes as I think it will, I may have to update my Avatar.
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4:54PM on 03/25/2013
I think it's a little too early to come down on Abrams one way or the other regarding his ability to direct a Star Wars movie. We still don't know any plot details, or what the overall arching theme/story of this new trilogy is going to be. I'd rather get an idea of what the story is going to be about before I make any comments as to whether or not Abrams can tell the story properly.
I think it's a little too early to come down on Abrams one way or the other regarding his ability to direct a Star Wars movie. We still don't know any plot details, or what the overall arching theme/story of this new trilogy is going to be. I'd rather get an idea of what the story is going to be about before I make any comments as to whether or not Abrams can tell the story properly.
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3:47PM on 03/25/2013
As hyped as I am for the next Star Trek film...I'm looking forward to seeing what Episode 7 will be like.

It's a good time to be both a Star Trek and Star Wars fan.
As hyped as I am for the next Star Trek film...I'm looking forward to seeing what Episode 7 will be like.

It's a good time to be both a Star Trek and Star Wars fan.
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2:19PM on 03/25/2013

I enjoy JJ Abrams movies a lot

But isn't giving the same guy creative control over the 2 biggest movie franchises a conflict of interest? I'm positive he'll make a great looking and fun star wars movie...but give the Duncan Jones and Joe Carnahan's a chance!
But isn't giving the same guy creative control over the 2 biggest movie franchises a conflict of interest? I'm positive he'll make a great looking and fun star wars movie...but give the Duncan Jones and Joe Carnahan's a chance!
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3:13PM on 03/25/2013
Joe Carnahan? Are you basing that off of his successful adaptation of The A-Team, or maybe it was his sci-fi film that demonstrated he could handle a Star Wars movie? (Don't bother trying to name it; it doesn't exist.) As for Duncan Jones, how does he have the time? He agreed to do the Warcraft movie, which will keep him busy for a while. He also doesn't have the experience juggling multiple big franchises simultaneously.
Joe Carnahan? Are you basing that off of his successful adaptation of The A-Team, or maybe it was his sci-fi film that demonstrated he could handle a Star Wars movie? (Don't bother trying to name it; it doesn't exist.) As for Duncan Jones, how does he have the time? He agreed to do the Warcraft movie, which will keep him busy for a while. He also doesn't have the experience juggling multiple big franchises simultaneously.
4:02PM on 03/25/2013
The point I was trying to make is that i'm not a fan of one director controlling both franchises and that there are other capable directors out there who could do something interesting with a Star Wars reboot. JJ Abrams feels like (to me) a cop-out for this series. Perhaps if i had prefaced with "for example" before naming other directors it would've made my comment a bit clearer.
The point I was trying to make is that i'm not a fan of one director controlling both franchises and that there are other capable directors out there who could do something interesting with a Star Wars reboot. JJ Abrams feels like (to me) a cop-out for this series. Perhaps if i had prefaced with "for example" before naming other directors it would've made my comment a bit clearer.
11:52AM on 03/25/2013
Watch Mission Impossible 3, Super 8, and Star Trek. The man knows how to construct memorable cinematic action sequences, build and use big, convincing sets, coherent story structure, and getting solid performances out of his actors. Basically addressing all the complaints about the prequels.

But its the pairing of him with screenwriter Michael Arndt that really has me psyched. Next time I watch 'Little Miss Sunshine' I'm going to draw inevitable parallels between it and Star Wars. The VW
Watch Mission Impossible 3, Super 8, and Star Trek. The man knows how to construct memorable cinematic action sequences, build and use big, convincing sets, coherent story structure, and getting solid performances out of his actors. Basically addressing all the complaints about the prequels.

But its the pairing of him with screenwriter Michael Arndt that really has me psyched. Next time I watch 'Little Miss Sunshine' I'm going to draw inevitable parallels between it and Star Wars. The VW Bus is the Millenium Falcon, Olive is R2-D2, Dano is Luke, Arkin is Obi-Wan (fuck a lot of women Luke!), Carrell is C-3PO....
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4:46PM on 03/25/2013
Mission Impossible 3? Coherent story structure? Huh?

You should use a better example than Mission Impossible 3, that was the worst Abrams movie I've ever seen. Unless you're into action movies where the entire motivation and threat of a villain is never explained to the audience. And as a viewer you have to make assumptions for yourself, despite never being given any information to go with. But aside from that, yes, the man could definitely put together an amazing action sequence.
Mission Impossible 3? Coherent story structure? Huh?

You should use a better example than Mission Impossible 3, that was the worst Abrams movie I've ever seen. Unless you're into action movies where the entire motivation and threat of a villain is never explained to the audience. And as a viewer you have to make assumptions for yourself, despite never being given any information to go with. But aside from that, yes, the man could definitely put together an amazing action sequence.
11:41AM on 03/25/2013

I might get flamed for this

But if he treats the Star Wars saga at least the same way he treated Star Trek, we're in for a good ride.
He wasn't my first choice I admit, but clearly the man knows his shit. As a Star Wars fan I can't help but be AT LEAST curious to see how he's going to handle the franchise.
But if he treats the Star Wars saga at least the same way he treated Star Trek, we're in for a good ride.
He wasn't my first choice I admit, but clearly the man knows his shit. As a Star Wars fan I can't help but be AT LEAST curious to see how he's going to handle the franchise.
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