While promoting the new TV series Believe (produced by J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron), J.J. Abrams briefly spoke about the upcoming Star Wars movie...
'The best science fiction stories use technology as a catalyst, for great storytelling, they’re not about technology.’
Abrams cut his teeth in lower-budget sci-fi, creating cult hits such as Lost and films such as Cloverfield and Super 8 before being chosen for Star Trek - and then Star Wars 7, perhaps the most daunting sequel of all time.
Star Wars has earned $27 billion in box office, DVD and Blu-Ray and merchandise sales - and this is the first time Lucas has taken his hands off the helm.
‘It’s great to take something like Star Wars and do something new with it. It’s wonderful - I'm having a blast,’ says director Abrams, who has been handed the keys to one of the biggest franchises in cinema history - the $27 billion, three-decade behemoth that is Star Wars.
George Lucas may well be nervous, having taken his hands off the helm for the first time since 1977 – Abrams’ usual approach is to tear up the rulebook. In his hands, even Star Trek suddenly became bleak and frightening, with Earth in ruins.
‘We’re working hard on Star Wars - we’re casting, looking at locations,’ he says.
Abrams has a finished script, but won't reveal what exactly is ‘new’.‘Technology has given us this amazing ability. We can create things that are photo-real,’ he says.
‘You can show and do anything you can imagine. Now that we have got to that place - and Alfonso showed that with Gravity - you’re faced with this question: What are we going to show? What makes it emotional?’
But Abrams believes that the popularity of sci-fi isn’t simply due to the powers offered to directors by computer effects - it’s because we already live in a world that is becoming less human and more robotic with each passing year.