J.J. Abrams says ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Is Ready
All you Star Wars enthusiasts will be happy to know that director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that a Star Wars Episode VII script is ready to go, and he has talked to Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons about a possible role in the film.
“We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” Abrams told Entertainment Weekly. “Full steam ahead, y’know.” “He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to,” Abrams said regarding Plemons. “But it’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting … I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I was going to see you!’ … It’s a lot of noise.”
When asked about the most interesting rumor he had heard about the film, he replied: “There’ve been so many of them. It’s amazing to see how many there are. … But it’s sweet because it shows that there’s an interest in this movie that we all obviously know is there. But it is an incredible thing to see how many incredible things get thrown out that people then write commentaries about. How happy they are, how disappointed they are about something that is completely false. It’s a lot of noise, frankly.”
Abrams also revealed that the film will not be shot in IMAX, but strictly on film. “The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera. It’s a very unreliable camera,” Abrams explained. “Only so much film can be in the camera. You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow, they break down often. Having said that, they’re working on digital versions of these and so there may be a version one day…but we’re going to be shooting on film.”
Episode VII comes from Abrams and Disney, who acquired the franchise from Lucasfilm. “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
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