J.J. Abrams is a notoriously secretive filmmaker who would rather his film’s narrative and plot points be served during the moviegoing experience rather than before hand. This is especially true with Star Wars Episode VII, his next project that is currently in pre-production and the early stages of casting.
Quotes from Abrams regarding the sequel that kickstarts a new trilogy have been few and far between. Whenever a new Abrams-backed project is about to be released, and that happens often given the number of film and television projects he and Bad Robot are involved in, there’s a new opportunity for the media to try and pry tidbits out from the Abrams vault.
While visiting Bad Robot as part of the launch of Fox’s new series Almost Human, EW had a chance to ask Abrams a couple Star Wars Episode VII questions and did just that. Knowing that Abrams wouldn’t talk details or specifics, they kept their question generic in hopes of eliciting a forthcoming response, “Media and fans have been offering you a ton of unsolicited advice about to how to approach the film. Is there any particular thing they’ve said that you’ve taken to heart?”
Abrams response is, as expected completely void of details or direct references to anything we might see in the film. It does, however, offer a glimpse into the style of film he hopes to create.
“It’s been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas’] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
“Real” most likely refers to the use of actual sets and actors in costumes rather than the abundant use of CGI in the prequels to render everything from Clones to aliens. If Abrams feels “real” is the direction he wants to take, that should be a sigh of relief to fans that want Episode VII to feel like an extension of the Original Trilogy and not a film more animated than not.