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Playboy Interviews J.J. Abrams About Wars, Trek, And More

Posted By Eric on April 26, 2013

The latest issue of Playboy features a lengthy interview with director J.J. Abrams about his career in film and television, his experiences growing up in Hollywood, and his personal and professional goals. The interview deals with more than Star Wars, and Abrams doesn't reveal any details about Episode VII, but he does discuss his creative process. His answers should prove insightful as we learn more about the film.
PLAYBOY: But as a lifelong Star Wars fan, surely you have broad ideas about what needs to happen going forward. Three quarters of planet Earth came down on George Lucas for practically ruining Star Wars in Episode I. The Star Wars universe revolted.

ABRAMS: Hereís the thing. I try to approach a project from what itís asking. What does it need to be? What is it demanding? With Star Wars, one has to take into account what has preceded it, what worked, what didnít. There are cautionary tales for anything you take on that has a legacyóthings you look at and think, I want to avoid this or that, or I want to do more of something. But even that feels like an outside-in approach, and itís not how I work. For me, the key is when you have a script; itís telling you what it wants to be.

PLAYBOY: Star Wars needs to look different from Star Trek, certainly.

ABRAMS: As with anything, because these are very different worlds, they shouldnít feel the same aesthetically. They canít. Youíre right. But again, I donít apply aesthetics first and fit a movie into that aesthetic. If I had come into Star Trek with those eyes, I would probably have been paralyzed. The advantage here is that we still have George Lucas with us to go to and ask questions and get his feedback on things, which I certainly will do. With Star Trek it was harder because I wasnít a Star Trek fan; I didnít have the same emotional feeling, and I didnít have Gene Roddenberry to go to. But I came to understand the world of Star Trek, and I appreciated what fans felt and believed about this universe and this franchise.

Check out the complete interview on Playboy's website, but keep in mind that this is Playboy, so there will be pictures of attractive women everywhere.


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It's Official: Star Wars Episode VII Rolls Cameras May 2014
Posted By Philip on March 18, 2014:
StarWars.com has posted the news that the cameras will roll on Episode VII in May 2014. The release also goes on to say, "It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time." More after the jump.

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Posted By Eric on May 3, 2013:
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J.J. Abrams: Expect Williams To Score Episode VII
Posted By Eric on April 30, 2013:
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