If you thought expectations for a Star Wars film were high back in 1999 when The Phantom Menace was hitting theaters, then I’d hate to see the chart readings for fan expectation sitting on the shoulders of J.J. Abrams. With Star Wars Episode VII set to begin filming this upcoming January, Abrams has kept mostly everything about his film under wraps and is only letting us know what he wants us to.
Abrams latest tidbit comes in the form of reassuring fans of the tone the film will take, one that the director says will be emotional and authentic.
Per Entertainment Weekly:
“I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Warsmovie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”
Abrams also acknowledge that he’s aware of fans wanting the films to move away from what George Lucas did to them in the Prequel Trilogy, although he avoided directly acknowledging that specific line of thinking. Rather, Abrams applauded Lucas for turning his dream into a religion and said if fans want an authentic film, that’s what they’re going to get.
“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.”
The former Star Trek director hasn’t been shy about his love of Star Wars and like so many filmmakers working successfully today, he’s happily cited Lucas and Star Wars as major influences on his life and career. We all knew the franchise was in good hands when Abrams took on the task of reviving the franchise for Disney, and his reassuring words will only get fas more excited for 2015.