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Mar 25, 2013

JJ Abrams was never a Trek fan and has a hunger for Star Wars

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As he will be for the rest of his life, Epidode VII director JJ Abrams was asked during a publicity interview for Star Trek Into Darkness about his upcoming movie:

“I don’t know because we’re just getting started. … 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’.

… 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.

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 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.”

Two things to take from this:

1. Given how tight Steven Spielberg and Lucas Film’s Kathleen Kennedy are sooo tight, it would be safe to assume given Spielberg produced JJ’s wonderful Super 8 movie that she hit him up about JJ’s skills and attitude to making movies.

2. If JJ wasn’t a Star Trek fan and he made the awesome movies, imagine how much heart and soul he will put into Episode VIII given he is unabashedly a huge Star Wars fan?!

Punch it, JJ, punch it.

Mar 10, 2013

Star Trek feature's Han Solo's "Punch It" line

This guy will probably get punched in Star Trek. Not by Chewie though. That would be stupid. 

Want proof that JJ Abrams loves Star Wars? Check out the new Star Trek trailer where Captain Kirk orders "punch it" to get the Enterprise out of whatever jeopardy she's found herself in:



Star Wars fans will of course recognise "Punch it, Chewie" as a line from the original Star Wars movie.

Given JJ put that in the movie, clearly as a nod to fandom everywhere, I'm taking it as a sign JJ is a  suitable pair of hands to direct the new Star Wars movie.




Mar 7, 2013

Lucas had started work on the new trilogy before the Lucasfilm sale to Disney

Star Wars creator George Lucas appears to be one canny business man (as if his coup in retaining the merchandising rights to the Star Wars IP wasn’t enough of one). As he went about preparing Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise for its sale to Disney last year, he had treatments developed for the new trilogy, thus increasing the potential value of the company he was aiming to sell.

According to Businessweek's Lucas apparent even begin formal discussions with stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher about returning to the series that made them famous. He also apparently had arranged for for the treatments by bringing in screenwriter Michael Arndt and consultant and Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan before even agreeing to show the Disney company the rough outlines for the new trilogy.

In terms of casting (i.e. Luke, Leia and Han) Lucas was quoted as saying:

"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ '

'Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.'

So that pretty much confirms there’s an absolute intention to have the three characters in the first film at least (but these days contracts for franchises extended to multiple films) – with Carrie Fisher saying she’s up for it and Mark Hamill practically begging to be in it, the only real thing to worry about is if grumpy old Harrison Ford will sign up.