J.J. Abrams on Episode 7: Too Much Power for One Man.

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While discussing his new book “S” and his latest TV series “Almost Human” J.J. Abrams briefly talked about Star Wars: Episode 7 and revealed that “It’s too much power for one man”…

Are you able to talk at all about the new “Star Wars” film?

ABRAMS: I mean, it’s too early to say anything specific, but I will say that we’re hard at work on it and it’s – it could not be more of a thrill to be involved.

RATH: You know, I have to say, for a lot of science fiction geeks like myself – before anybody complains – that when you took over the “Star Wars” franchise, our heads almost exploded. It’s almost like that was too much power for one man.


How do you feel about that?

ABRAMS: I agree. It’s too much power for one man. The truth is that the “Star Wars” series is something that had such meaning for me as a kid. When they approached me about it, I was insanely flattered but felt like it was too much. Having done, frankly, you know, “Mission Impossible” and “Star Trek,” I was already involved in a couple series that pre-existed me, and I wanted to get back to doing original stories.

It was such a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something truly thrilling and wildly challenging. And I just felt like…

Right. How do you turn that down?

ABRAMS: Yeah. 

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28 thoughts on “J.J. Abrams on Episode 7: Too Much Power for One Man.

  • November 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    With all this being said, why would he let anything like a “Jar Jar” screw-up slip through? This saga obviously means a hell of a lot to Abrams and he obviously knows that all eyes are on him right now. He’s really gotta be thinking of every possible way to exhaust risks of making the movie terrible. The guy knows what he’s doing, or else he wouldn’t have admitted that taking responsibility of the new installments was too big of a job, and he wouldn’t have turned it away in the first place.

    • November 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      He knows the burden that he’s taking on, and he knows how to reinforce the support to bring back the awesomeness of Star Wars.

  • November 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Again I don’t want to keep attacking the prequels… That said I really don’t think it’s humanly possible to be worse then them. It would have to be holiday special bad to not surpass the prequels. A mildly competent story composition and decent acting would blow them away. It’s a low bar I think can easily be passed.

    Now for capturing the “feel/magic” of the originals? That’s the hard part…

    • November 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I think Abrams is the man to really capture that feel. I mean, who else would you rather have that’s more dedicated to and knowlegable about the series? Anything that could make these movies worse would be very noticable at this point. It’d have to be something really, really bad, but I think Abrams and his team have the power to surpass all of those risks and come-through with a truly phenominal installment.

    • November 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

      I agree 100%…….JJ is the one who stands the best chance to capture the feel of the original trilogy.

      I think he’s the one who can capitalize and utilize the look of the prequel trilogy. That with the feel/magic of the original trilogy opens the door for the sequel trilogy to be amazing.

    • November 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      YES! I don’t know why everyone is so worried. I mean, sure the production is under Disney’s corporate umbrella, but that’s old news. As far as the movie’s general structure and direction is concerned, it’s completely left up to die-hard fans of the saga, especially the OT. All of these arrogant negative Nancy’s spreading their pessimistic, bullshit reasoning all over the place clearly aren’t thinking about this at all. They just enjoy having something new to hate.

  • November 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I think the ‘feel/magic’ is largely nostalgia-based. If that is largely true, then it’s the kids who watch the new movies around the age of 7 who will get the most benefit when they fondly look back on them in 30 years time, rather than somebody like myself (42) who is going to be more critical and less easily impressed (but will hopefully be entertained by them nonetheless 🙂

    • November 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      It may be too early to tell, but as far as the information that’s already been revealed to us is concerned, I think these new movies will not disappoint. ZI have no doubts that it will much better than the prequels.

    • November 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I would tend to agree with you. Although I didnt hate the PT, my kids love it as much as I love the OT. I’m 40.

    • November 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      No problem with that at all, and completely understandable as well seeing as how the PT was created for the younger generation. My point is that I anticipate these movies being much more true to the air of the OT and being more geared towards the OT fan demographic.

    • November 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I think the nostalgia factor will be no problem, especially if luke, leia, han, chewie, 3po, R2, are back. Then there will of course be similar music from John Williams and sound effects. And visually speaking I don’t think they will stray far away. It’s just this time it will be a new generation, story, villain, and so on to update it. I have high high hopes 🙂 So really, as long as there’s decent non-cheesy humour and dialogue, iconic characters, an interesting story, and no boring over-the-top action and/or silly over-use of lightsabers, I think I will be very happy. So no pressure JJ !

    • November 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Agreed! He clearly doesn’t want to be hated by his fellow fans, so why would he anything to envoke that hatred? He knows how merciless we Star Wars fans can be and that’s exactly why he rejected the offer originally, until he realized that this chance will never fall into his lap ever again. I think he’s going to go about this knowlegably and with caution.

  • November 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    JJ just needs to do one thing…. Forget the prequels!
    His next step is to take a risk in the saga about good and evil, get some decent actors and start the Star Wars adventure 3 decades after Jedi just as intended.
    We, the fans should let him have his way and do the best thing possible with the franchise.

    • November 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      I’m pretty excited to see how this show is done, actually. It’d be interesting to see the Empire’s role in the lives of simpletons during their rise to power elaborated on. It’d really expand on the brutality of the Empire’s iron-fist rule; how they forcefully recruited thousands of young men from all over the galaxy, wiped out cities full of innocent civilians, etc. I hope the developers use this opportunity to portray the true evil of the Empire and why they were so feared by the entire galaxy.

  • November 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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    • November 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Its Tuesday where I am.

    • November 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      I’ve been there. No worries.

  • November 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    One thing I have noticed is that starwars.com have just put up a new Episode7 News Section – perhaps in anticipation of more regular official updates?

  • November 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    As long as Haden Christianson is not involved I think it should be ok.

    • November 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I don’t see all the hate that he’s gotten… I’m not saying he’s the best actor ever, but after all, he is supposed to be mirroring Vader… the way he walks, talks, etc… I mean in Ep 3, just picture if he had the suit on the whole time, as well as a deeper voice, and it’s pretty much classic Vader… He had a tough role of trying to capture an otherwise boring character (if it weren’t for Vader’s iconic look and sound)…

      It’s not like he had free reigns to act to the “best of his ability” let’s say, and do what he wanted with the part… Characters in SW for the most part, especially in the prequels, were pretty sub-par, as far as performances/dialogue…. And I don’t think it’s always the actor’s fault…

      Having said that, yeah they probably could have still done some better casting for Anakin…

    • November 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Also, with lines like “I hate sand, it gets everywhere…” there’s not a lot of wiggle room for oscar nominated performances…

      Reminds me of on Seinfeld, when all 4 had their own interpretations of the line from the new Woody Allen movie, “these pretzels are making me thirsty.”

    • November 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      First of all, Vader is certainly not a dull character. His iconicity has nothing to do with it. He’s limited in movement and speech because he’s only partially human. After the events in episode three he “ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and began his path on the Dark Side.” -Ben Kenobi.
      This being said, Anakin’s character was not at all supposed to reflect Vader, because they are completely different people. The entire story is about his transformation from innocence to the evil Sith Lord we know him as so well. Christiansen put very little emotion into the character when needed most. Sure, he portrayed Anakin’s impatience and anxiety well, but what about his deep love for Padme? Everytime he expresses some amount of emotion along those lines, it’s almost humorous to see how much he falls short. They could have definitley chosen someone better to play the character. I’ve disliked Hayden Christiansen since I first saw him in episode 2 when I was just a kid.

    • November 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

      I loved him in Ep2 and 3.. I thought he did well. With what he was given to do. He was nice with a lightsaber, I heard he trained a lot, and I still feel the pain myself when he chooses Padme over his orders from Windu.. Yeah Jar Jar, and all that stuff was stupid.. and we all agree they should have started with Anakin a little older.. maybe had Heath Ledger play the part?? But Hayden was tight, he held it down, and i’m glad they put him in at the end of ROTJ,,

  • November 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

    This one I have watched over a long time – The force is strong in JJ. Deliver, he will

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