J.J. Abrams is finally answering questions about, "Star Wars: Episode VII" -- sort of.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams said that, while the tone of the upcoming sequel hadn't been completely locked down, he does know how he wants it to feel. "Impossible for me to say because it's going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite 'Star Wars' movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective."
Later, EW asked if he had taken anything that the fans or critics of the films said, particularly of the more recent prequel trilogy, to heart, when devising this new movie. "It's been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas's] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right."
Some will, probably rightly, take this as a evocation of producer Kathleen Kennedy's earlier comments that the movie will wisely be a combination of practical effects and visual effects; Abrams has already been adamant about shooting on a more tactile 35 mm film format. The overall impression is that this will be a "Star Wars" movie that will feel like something that could exist in the real world, as opposed to the prequels, which largely felt like embarrassed actors standing in front of a green screen and waiting for everything (creatures, spaceships, sets) to be digitally inserted later.
The Force is strong with this one.