J.J. Abrams On STAR WARS EP. 7; Says Steven Spielberg "Knew All About What Was Going On"
Abrams discusses figuring out how to approach Disney's upcoming Star Wars sequel, comparing it to working on Star Trek. He also talks about his discussions with Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg for the highly coveted gig.
Speaking with Empire, acclaimed director J.J. Abrams talks about working on Disney/Lucasfilm's highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, which is targeting a 2015 release. He says that he doesn't know how to approach the film yet, as he is just beginning work on it. However, he does compare figuring out an approach and developing the project to working on Star Trek. He also goes into a little more detail on how his working on Star Trek Into Darkness led to his initially turning down the highly coveted job, and Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy's persuading him to take the gig. He also commented on Steven Spielberg's knowledge of the project. For more on Abrams, be sure to pick up the latest issue of Empire Magazine on March 28th.
On Whether Or Not He's Figured Out An Approach To Star Wars: Episode VII:
"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.
"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."
On How Kathleen Kennedy Changed His Mind About Directing:
"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."
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