JJ On ‘Star Wars’ and Secrecy

JJ On ‘Star Wars’ and Secrecy
Sean O’Connell - CinemaBlend

J.J. Abrams insists that he wants to maintain a strong sense of mystery regarding his Star Wars: Episode VII … proving he learned very little about the frustrations whipped up by the vagaries and misdirections that swirled around his Star Trek Into Darkness.

Oh please, people! “Learned very little”. What does that even mean? This is part of the game and part of the fun. He tries to keep it secret and we try to ferret out any little bits of information we can. It’s part of the fun. And from the filmmaker’s point of view I totally get the secrecy and trying to maintain surprise and mystery when the general moviegoer head into the cinema to see the film.

The Trek and Wars director opened up – a little – to the Times of London for a feature-length article (you need a subscription to read it in full), but THR breaks down the previous few details Abrams spills about his work on the beloved franchise. Specifically, Abrams talked about how he appreciated just how little fans knew about George Lucas’ universe back when they bought a ticket for A New Hope back in 1977. And he suggests that he’d like to somehow resurrect that aura of mystery when the series resets starting with Abrams’ new installment. 

Says Abrams: 

If you watch the first movie, you don’t actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do. They’re going to rule by fear – but you don’t know what their end game is. You don’t know what Leia is princess of. You don’t yet understand who Jabba the Hutt is, even though there is a reference to him. You don’t know that Vader is Luke’s father, Leia is his sister – but the possibility is all there. The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went.”

See, I actually appreciate where he’s coming from on this and I say let him keep the mystery around the film as much as possible. It’s his prerogative and you don’t need to know every little detail that he doesn’t want you to know.

Click through if you want to read Sean O’Connel’s senseless rambling and entitlement mentality. I’m going to continue to refute the drivel.