JJ Abrams talks Star Wars

Posted by David Konow

Star Trek Into Darkness is nearly upon us, and the veil of secrecy will soon be lifted for good.

We at TG are especially excited to see how well Abrams does with the long—awaited follow up to one of sci-fi’s greatest franchises. But of course we’re also curious how he plans to tackle another great sci-fi saga, namely Star Wars.

 
Abrams has been doing press for Trek, and he spoke a bit about Star Wars to the British film publication Empire. First off, Abrams said that in tackling Star Wars, "There are infinitely more questions than answers right now," although considering Abrams is good at delivering what audiences want, he should be able to solve the puzzle. (Then again, maybe there’s some mystery boxes with Star Wars that Abrams is trying to unlock as well).
 
Abrams also added that the Wars and Trek franchises are "not that dissimilar. Thought I came at these both from very different places, there they booth meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting." As fans of Abrams probably know, he was not a big Star Trek fan when he decided to take on the franchise, but he is indeed a huge Star Wars fan, which is why he was first apprehensive about taking it on. 
 
Abrams added, "The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share." Indeed, it’s most important that no matter what movie you make, you have to create what you would love to see yourself.
 
"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."

Getting back to his previous apprehension, Abrams was in the middle of working on Star Trek when he was approached, and no one wants to think about having another kid when they’re giving birth. A lot of other filmmakers have also publically passed on Star Wars, knowing what a daunting task it would be to take on one of the biggest franchises in cinema history.

 
Still, when the Empire beckons, you go, and Abrams may be the best choice because he’s the closest to having the Spielberg / Lucas zeitgeist antenna for what audiences want. If he can reinvent Star Wars as well as he reinvented Star Trek, we’re all for it, and eagerly await what he has in store in 2015.