‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Double Play: Abrams Talks With Empire Magazine; “Deviant” Artist Updates Struzan Poster
In the first of a series of interviews planned to promote the May 17th release of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Director J.J. Abrams spoke to Empire Magazine about both his work with the Trek franchise, and his hotly debated direction of the seventh installment of Star Wars (quotes courtesy of Empire Online)
I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.
How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.
Later, Abrams discussed his “180” regarding the offer to direct Episode VII – fans have not forgotten that he passed on the job when he was first asked:
My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation. I went down to tell Katie, my wife, and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning. I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.
Abrams‘ vision of the Star Wars universe retains the tentative release date of sometime in 2015.
In other news, the above poster is a fan creation by Deviantart‘s rampantimaginationA made for Episode VII in the style of old-school SW poster artist Drew Struzan. Here’s what rampantimaginationA had to say to Geek Tyrant regarding his design:
Based on how I thought the Star Wars characters would look in the new movie. Since at this time I know nothing about who will be cast in the film, I thought it would be cool to create a one sheet showing some of our favorite characters from the Star Wars franchise. I had a blast creating this art.
I can’t wait to find out some solid information on what the new Star Wars movie is going to be about, but with J.J. Abrams at the helm, I’m sure it’s going to turn out amazing.
It’s a remarkable piece, and a nice homage to the Original Trilogy….Even if Mark Hamill looks for all the world like a shaved Ewok (I kid! 😉 )