JJ Abrams has thankfully been given the responsibility of rebooting the Star Wars franchises in terms of fan support. After Episodes I-III were offered up as very sad attempts to appease the faithful who had been longing for more from Lucas it is now time to let a capable director step up. He is directing Episode VII called The Force Awakens and you need to go watch the 2nd trailer again….we’ll wait….
Good you’re back. It was difficult for Abrams to figure out what to keep in the films and what to remove.
We used to have more references to things that we pulled out because they almost felt like they were trying too hard to allude to something. I think that the key is—and whether we’ve accomplished that or not is, of course, up to the audience—but the key is that references be essential so that you don’t reference a lot of things that feel like, oh, we’re laying pipe for, you know, an animated series or further movies. It should feel like things are being referenced for a reason.
One of the biggest criticisms of Episodes I-III was the terrible, political story with no likable characters other than Darth Maul and a few others. Abrams has tried to keep things focused on the characters of Episode VII to give fans a truly deep Star Wars experience.
That, to me, has been the constant struggle: to make sure that none of these things are treated like either they’re a museum piece and we’re trying to honor them, or they’re gratuitous and thrown in because, well, it’s a Star Wars movie so you’ve got to put these things in. Everything has got to be essential to the characters in the film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters at the end of 2015.