During the Visual Effects Society Awards last night (that we already told you about), Abrams shared even more info about the upcoming Star Wars movie, this time with Collider. See what he had to say after the jump.
On the crossguard lightsaber:
“I will say that what’s been funny is, since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received from people who have both defended it with unbelievably detailed graphics…I’ve gotten things that are nuts, and I’ve gotten people who’ve shown how it’ll kill you and how it doesn’t make any sense. It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing.”
“It was a number of conversations [that led to the design]. It was a sketch that became a whole thing and, you know, this was not done without a lot of conversation and it’s fun to see people have the conversation that we had, but in reverse.”
“It’s really one sequence so it’s not a ton [of IMAX footage], but it’s a good sequence.”
On practical and CG effects:
“I feel like the beauty of this age of filmmaking is that there are more tools at your disposal, but it doesn’t mean that any of these new tools are automatically the right tools. And there are a lot of situations where we went very much old school and in fact used CG more to remove things than to add things.”
“There are obviously an enormous amount of CG effects in the film, and I can’t wait for you to see the combination. But it was very important that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tangible, sort of authentic quality that you believed that these things were actually happening in a real space with real sunlight, if it was an exterior scene, or if we could build a big portion of a scene and not have anything be blue screen, do it where we could. It was a very important piece of work.”
On Episode VIII and IX:
“I wouldn’t say 8 and 9 are my baby, Rian will be working at least on 8, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah.”
The last bit is especially interesting. I’ve heard that the initial plan was Rian Johnson to direct both Episode VIII and IX. There were even rumors about an upcoming announcement on that, but obviously things changed, I wonder why.
Special thanks to Collider for the great interview.