Just over a month out from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and J.J. Abrams has sat down for a pretty candid interview with Wired. In it, the director reveals the script is already done for Episode VIII, what it’s like to balance the history of Star Wars, and how big of a Star Wars fanboy Abrams is himself. If you’re still in the camp who believes Abrams is going to completely destroy one of the most beloved franchises to ever exist, this interview might finally convince you that he’s the right man for the job.
First thing’s first: J.J. Abrams says the script for Episode VIII, which comes out May 26, 2017, is already finished. Abrams said he and Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, made sure to craft Episode VII in a way to make for an easy transition to Episode VIII, which doesn’t yet have an official title. Rian Johnson is set to direct that film, and Abrams revealed Johnson has already been actively involved in the process.
“He is an incredibly accomplished filmmaker and an incredibly strong writer,” Abrams said. “So the story he told took what we were doing and went in the direction that he felt was best but that is very much in line with what we were thinking as well,” Abrams said.
Further into the interview, Abrams described his approach to the Star Wars universe, and said how important it was to get the small details right, from costumes, to the music, to the sets.
“You have to really understand the design choices, because everything is important,” Abrams said. “At the same time, it’s just Star Wars, meaning: It doesn’t make it automatically interesting just because it’s in that galaxy.”
Abrams added, “We really tried to look at it from the inside out. What makes this story have a beating heart? What makes it romantic or fun or surprising or heartbreaking or hysterically funny? We simply approached this narrative from the point of view that this is a story about a young man and a young woman, not with the idea that we can do anything we want.”
There are many more wonderful little anecdotes in Wired’s interview, which you can see in its entirety at the source link below. With the movie’s release on December 18, we’re very close to seeing if Abrams’ vision is worthy of the Star Wars universe. Based on the footage we’ve seen so far, it sure looks like this is going to be one for the ages. We can’t wait.