Adding ‘delight’ to the latest StarWars film
How do you make a Star Wars movie “delightful”?
That is the question that was foremost on filmmaker J.J. Abrams’ mind as he embarked on the mammoth task of making the newStarWars movie.
“That was really the only requirement Larry and I imposed on each other: The movie needed to be delightful,” Abrams tells Wired magazine, referring to Lawrence Kasdan, the film’s co-writer.
“It was not about explaining everything away, not about introducing a certain number of toys for a corporation, not about trying to appease anyone,” he adds.
The latest installment of the much-anticipated Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, opens in US theaters on Dec 18 and fans are snapping up any tidbit of information about the film ahead of its release.
On Friday, fans went wild as a new version of the film’s trailer was released with no prior warning on the Japanese version of the Star Wars website, prompting speculation about the plot and analysis of each picture frame.
Abrams says the fact that he was making the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy allowed him some leeway in how he approached the project.
“It’s not very often that you get to work on something where you know there is a continuum,” he says.
“And it’s kind of great. It unburdens you.”
He also hints he realized he had big shoes to fill given what George Lucas was able to do with the first Star Wars movie, “let alone the next ones”.
“Forget how incredible it looked, forget the technology, forget the humor of it, the heart, the romance, the adventure — all the amazing moments that made us love it,” he says.
“Think about what he was able to stir up,” Abrams adds. “This, to me, is one of the greatest things about StarWars.”
The director also says he could not fathom not releasing any trailers until just before the movie’s opening given the wide appeal of the sci-fi series.
“I ... pushed to have a teaser come out a year before, just because it felt like, as a fan of Star Wars, if I could see even the littlest thing, I’d be psyched a year out,” says Abrams.
Five hundred replicas of the Stormtrooper are seen on the Great Wall during a promotional event for StarWars:TheForceAwakens film, on the outskirts of Beijing in this Oct 20 file photo.