Adding ‘de­light’ to the lat­est StarWars film

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Los An­ge­les

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.

JA­SON LEE / REUTERS

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.

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