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J.J. Abrams was criticized last year for his desire to keep secret the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” a ploy he acknowledges went over poorly, and one he doesn’t really want to repeat for the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.” But, as a recent interview with the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph proves, the director can’t help what his employees do to help preserve the mystery around his upcoming foray into the “Star Wars” universe.
While discussing his career with the Daily Telegraph in an interview posted this weekend, Abrams paused to remark on an odd happening in his office.
“Are you kidding me? My god,” the director interjected. ” … I’m working on the ‘Star Wars’ script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. … It seems rather extreme.”
Indeed, it sounds like the folks at Bad Robot maybe have too much time on their hands (which is odd, considering how busy Abrams’s production company has been lately). Abrams told the Telegraph that compared to the fan base of “Star Trek,” “Wars” is “in every way, a different animal,” something he planned to take into consideration while deciding just how much information to reveal about the first chapter in the beloved franchise’s new trilogy. Still, it wouldn’t be Abrams if there wasn’t some mystique involved.
“It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise,” Abrams said. “But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”
We’ll see just how much Abrams is willing to budge in the coming months. In the meantime, we’ve got a long wait ahead of us to see the final product.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” opens December 18, 2015.
[h/t Cinema Blend]
Gallery | 10 ‘Star Wars’ Moments From J.J. Abrams’ TV Shows
- 10. Being Caught in Nets
LUCAS: Leia, Han and C3P0 get caught in a net in the forests of Endor (“Return of the Jedi”) ABRAMS: Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) get caught in a net in the jungle (“Lost,” “S.O.S”) It seems that the inhabitants of any densely wooded area — whether they be wily Ewoks or mad Frenchwomen — love to set net traps. In “Jedi,” it leads to the revelation that the Ewoks worship shiny C3P0 as a god. In “Lost,” it led to a sexy “Jate” moment (Jack and Kate, played by Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lily).
- 9. The Chokehold
LUCAS: Leia chokes Jabba the Hutt (“Jedi”) ABRAMS: Sawyer (Josh Holloway) chokes the real Mr. Sawyer to death (“Lost,” “The Brig”) “The Real Mr. Sawyer” (Kevin Tighe) ruined a lot of lives on “Lost,” so he more than deserved it when Sawyer (Josh Halloway) choked him to death with a length of chain as payback for the death of his parents. It played out very much like the scene where Leia secured her freedom from the odious Jabba the Hutt.
- 8. Shooting First
LUCAS: Han shoots first (“Star Wars”) ABRAMS: Sawyer shoots first. And often. (“Lost,” “Pilot,” “Outlaws,” and “Through the Looking Glass”) Sawyer — the surly, only-in-it-for-himself criminal who ultimately proved to have a heart of gold and a soft spot for a certain brunette — was clearly molded after Han Solo. And just like Han, Sawyer liked to get off the first shot. Like when he shot the polar bear, the evil “Other” Tom or (in the episode “Outlaws”) the guy he thought was the con man who’d ruined his life.
- 7. Discovering Dead Family Members
LUCAS: Luke finds the bodies of his aunt and uncle (“Star Wars”) ABRAMS: Sydney (Jennifer Garner) finds the body of her fiancé, Danny (“Alias,” “Truth be Told”) Who can forget that moment in “Star Wars” when Luke returns home to discover his aunt and uncle have been cruelly butchered? Not Abrams. Compare the scene in the pilot of “Alias” when Sydney finds her fiancé dead in the bathtub after having told him the truth about her work as a spy. As with Luke, Sydney’s journey had just begun — and it was fueled by the need for revenge. (The moment in “Alias” happens at the nine-minute mark.)
- 6. Learning About Long-Lost Family Members
LUCAS: Luke learns there is another Skywalker (“Jedi”) ABRAMS: Jack finds out Claire (Emilie de Ravin) is his half-sister (“Lost,” “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”) So Jack’s father was a philandering drunk and Luke’s was a Jedi who’d turned to the dark side. Both of their sons were stunned to learn they had a sister, someone they already knew very well! In Jack’s case, Claire was his half-sister and no, he never tried to kiss her. (Although some “Lost” fanfic writers were probably upset to learn the two were related.) On “Alias,” Sydney also learned that she had a half-sister she hadn’t known about (Nadia, played by Mia Maestro), revealed in the fourth season.
- 5. Learning About Long-Lost Family Members (Part 2)
LUCAS: Leia realizes she “always knew” Luke was her brother (“Jedi”) ABRAMS: Claire knows Jack is her brother (“Lost,” “The Last Recruit”). It took a lot longer on “Lost” (two whole seasons) before Claire revealed that she knew Jack was her brother. Like Leia — who figured it out in the same movie as Luke — we sure always knew “somehow.”
- 4. Tearful Goodbyes
LUCAS: Han kisses Leia goodbye, then is frozen in carbonite (“The Empire Strikes Back”) ABRAMS: Sawyer and Kate have a tearful goodbye as he faces certain death (“Lost,” “I Do”) Kate doesn’t say “I love you” and Sawyer doesn’t say “I know,” but the heartwrenching moment where Sawyer is led away to be shot is strikingly similar to the carbon freezing scene in “Empire.” And if you wanted an epic goodbye kiss, Sawyer gave Kate one in the “There’s No Place Like Home” episode, before he jumped out of a helicopter to save her and several others.
- 3. Being Guided By a Ghost
LUCAS: Luke is instructed by the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi (“Star Wars”) ABRAMS: The characters on “Lost” are guided by the mysterious Jacob “Lost”‘s mumbo-jumbo philosophy — we’re still not sure we fully understand it — involved a shadowy figure named Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), who was able to appear and guide people even after his death.
- 2. Father Issues
LUCAS: Luke won’t accept that Darth Vader is his real father (“Empire”) ABRAMS: Peter learns Walter is not his real father (“Fringe,” “The Man From the Other Side)” “Fringe” fans found out before Peter (Joshua Jackson) did that Walter (John Noble) had kidnapped him from an alternate universe as a boy after his own son (Peter’s double) had died, so it didn’t come as the complete shock that Darth Vader’s “Luke, I am your father” did. It was only one of the biggest movie reveals of all time, so Luke’s, “Nooo!” was understandable. Peter had a much more subdued, but equally horrified, reaction, one that had him rejecting the man trying to be his father. (On “Alias,” Sydney was also horrified to learn that her mother, whom she’d long thought dead, was alive, and so evil that she’d shoot her own daughter.)
- 1. Self-Sacrifice
LUCAS: Obi-Wan Kenobi sacrifices himself to be one with The Force (“Star Wars”) ABRAMS: Walter sacrifices himself to save everyone in the world (“Fringe,” “An Enemy of Fate”) Is it a coincidence that three of J. J. Abrams’s series end with main characters sacrificing themselves to save others, much as Obi-Wan allowed himself to be slain by Darth Vader in one of the most memorable moments in “Star Wars?” In “Lost,” Jack gave his life to save the island and everyone on it, on “Alias,” Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) didn’t hesitate to blow up his mortal enemy along with himself and on the just-concluded “Fringe,” Walter willingly went with an Observer to save the entire world.
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