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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Will Have a Gritty, Western Feel, Says J.J. Abrams

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Back in September, a bunch of ‘Star Wars‘ fans posted a video to YouTube addressed “Dear J.J. Abrams” and including advice on how to “make ‘Star Wars’ great again.” HA. Like J.J. Abrams would ever watch your silly YouTube video about how to make a good ‘Star Wars’ movie… Wait, what? He actually watched it? And he completely agrees with it?

Abrams spoke to the Times Magazine and was asked about the video in question and it’s four main rules:

- The setting is the frontier.
- Make it gritty.
- The Force is mysterious.
- ‘Star Wars’ isn’t cute.

Abrams, to the surprise of pretty much everyone, didn’t scoff at the idea of ‘Star Wars’ fans giving him advice on how to make a movie, instead saying, “I would say that [video conveys] a feeling that we share very much.”

Then, he did that thing where he’s ostensibly talking about ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ but he’s really just talking about the original films:

I loved how Star Wars had that sense of a world far beyond the borders of what you can see and have been told – it’s one of the things it did so brilliantly. If you watch the first movie, you don’t actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do. They’re going to rule by fear – but you don’t know what their end game is. The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went.

While he does agree that the movies need to make a turn back toward the original trilogy, he stopped short of leveling a diss at the prequel trilogy. “A lot of kids who saw all the prequels when they were young really do identify with those movies as much as my generation identified with the originals.” Which is true. SAD, but completely true.

To date, J.J. Abrams is saying all the right things, while not really saying much at all. It’s not a coincidence that the guy who’s co-writing the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ script with him is the guy who wrote ‘Empire Strikes Back.’

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