Right off the bat, I’ll tell you the manner in which J.J. Abrams has been forced to keep Star Wars: Episode VII from being spoiled is far less interesting than the title suggests. Or is it? I guess you’re just gonna have to read on through to find out – Oh gawd, how does Up Worthy post bait heavy headlines and vague introductions like this and expect readers to take them seriously? I feel so dirty. During an interview with the Daily Telegraph Abrams explained that,
My office… 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.
You know what, that’s not as crazy as it sounds. I remember years ago I went to ILM to take a picture with the Yoda fountain and couldn’t resist taking a peak through the buildings first level windows. To my surprise I saw sketches and CGI renderings for Autobots and Decepticons on display in workers cubicles for Michael Bay’s then rumored Transformers movie. My buddy who was with me, and who’s site will remain unmentioned, saw this as a golden opportunity and took a bunch shoddy cellphone shots. Next morning, “First Look at Megatron, Barricade, Starscream and More in Micheal Bay’s Transformers” and boom he got loads of traffic. Point is, bloggers will grab onto anything they can to get a scoop. You can just imagine how many people are chumping at the bit to get something on Star Wars. So, the extreme of blacking out the windows to protect what they are working on doesn’t sound so extreme.
Abrams went onto say:
We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.
So it’s a question of “do we deserve to know vs do we really want to know?” While it can be incredibly fun to speculate, talk about rumors and hope we see some new information to further our excitement, I don’t think we deserve to know anything until the creatives are ready for us to know. If you’re in the middle of creating something and someone takes a peak under the curtain and says “meh”, wouldn’t you be furious they they judged your work when it’s not complete? And in the case of Star Wars, do you really want to know what to expect, or would you rather walk into the unknown and have the product as it is, in that moment, be the experience in which you judge it? I, for one, am at the point where I just want to know the basic premise and if the original actors will in fact reprise their roles. Once I have that information, I will be avoiding any spoilers or confirmed news regarding Episode VII and subsequent sequels at all costs. I don’t want my preconceived notions/judgements to ruin one of the rare experiences in my life.