Everything is going quite well for JJ Abrams and Disney. Star Wars is taking billions at the box office, critics and fans love the new film and everyone is talking about galaxies far and away.
But with success comes a core of unhappy fans and the same bunch are stressing that Star Wars 7 is nothing more than A New Hope rip off. How does director Abrams respond to such criticism. With ease of course.
“I knew that, whatever we did, there would be a group of people — and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not — that would take issue with any number of things. But I knew we weren’t making the movie for any other reason than we believed that it could be something meaningful and special and entertaining and worthy of people’s time. I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off! What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards”
Abrams recently praised the next film’s plot which is to be directed by Rian Johnson and admitted why he chose not to continue in the director’s chair.
“I realized when I was working on The Force Awakens, the amount of energy that was required to tell the story, and do it justice, knowing when Episode VIII would start shooting, there was no way — if I wanted to still have my children talk to me in my old age — that doing that would make any sense. If The Force Awakens worked, it was be the perfect place to say, ‘I got to make a Star Wars movie,’ and not be a greedy bastard. If it didn’t work, no-one would want me doing it anyway.”
The next Star Wars film is due for release on May 26th, 2017