Director J.J. Abrams has revealed creative plans and production details for “Star Wars: Episode VI,” which will be the first installment of the franchise under the wing of Disney.
Abrams sat on a panel Saturday (June 8) at the Produced By Conference in Los Angeles. And though he was careful not to spill too many details about the much-anticipated sequel, the multi-hyphenate did reveal his approach to the film.
“Talk about bigger than any of us … That thing is so massive and so important to so many people,” Abrams says. “I know from seeing the first film when I was 11, what that felt like. I think the key in moving forward with something like this is in honoring but not revering what came before.”
Abrams go on to say, “There’s that deep feeling of infinite possibilities that I think was the ultimate thing I thought when I first saw ‘Star Wars’ which I would — and probably will — give my left arm to try and come close to again.” Those two statements are bound to excite multitudes of fans — in both positive and negative areas. “Honor but not revere? … Infinite possibilities?” Hmm …
Abrams also laments the fact the film will be shot in London. “When I came into it, there was already a pre-arranged thing for them to be shooting in England which, really does make me insane,” Abrams explains. “I’ve never shot a movie outside the U.S. or out of L.A.” With production set to begin in January, the Bad Robot boss says he and his family will likely move to the London at the end of this year. And his wife and children are just about as thrilled by the news as he is. “When you’re 13 and 14, it’s like, ‘F** that, I don’t care what the movie is,'” Abrams jokes.
“Episode VII” is expected to be released in the summer of 2015. George Lucas will serve as a creative consultant on the film, and the screenplay will be penned by Michael Arndt (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”). Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are among the actors rumored to return to “Star Wars,” but Carrie Fisher is the first to confirm her involvement.