With the news late last week that J.J. Abrams was chosen to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the online community naturally went ballistic. Now we've hit another spot in the life cycle of a movie where fan interest is spiked, and every square inch of this sucker will be analyzed until we feel its time to move onto something else. From the Producers Guild Awards over the weekend come the first quotes from Abrams on his new Star Wars directing gig, and for starters he's wisely making it all about the fans, telling the Huffington Post, “I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we're just getting started. I'm very excited.”
We like how his first thoughts are about the fans and getting it right for them, which already feels like a different vibe from how George Lucas approached it. With Lucas, it always felt like it was about Lucas and what was in his head, or what he felt he needed to tell. Abrams sounds like he's immediately attacking two huge Star Wars needs: a movie that fans will be happy about, as well as one that resonates emotionally, like the original trilogy does. The dude is definitely off to a good start there.
To E!, he added, “It really is an incredible thing. It's wildly surreal. It's obviously way too early to talk specifics... but I'm excited to actually start it."
And about actually starting it: The Hollywood Reporter mentions that Abrams has not committed to the current 2015 release date, and that if the production warrants that date getting pushed back, it'll get pushed back. Abrams pulled a similar move with the Star Trek sequel, which Paramount originally wanted in theaters in 2012, but was able to get it pushed back to 2013. In the end, though, it could be a good thing, with 2015 already packed with big movies like The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, a potential Justice League movie and maybe even Avatar 2.
In the meantime, Abrams will be busy for the next few months rolling out Star Trek Into Darkness this May, and word is he'll remain onboard to produce both Star Trek 3 and the next Mission: Impossible movie, as well as several TV pilots. So chances are that Star Wars date will get pushed back -- maybe to Memorial Day weekend 2016 -- but Disney may not want to wait that long to get a Star Wars movie in theater, so we'll have to see how it all shakes out.
Would you be fine waiting till 2016 to get this Star Wars movie if it meant everyone had more time to get it right?
While we wait for more news, here's a dorky trailer that mashes up Star Trek and Star Wars. Expect more of this. A lot more of this.
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