[Movies] J.J. Abrams Says Star Wars: Episode VII Script Is Done
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.19.2014
Abrams also isn't keen on filming the movie in IMAX...
Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams appeared at the TV Critics Association press tour to promote his new upcoming NBC series with Alfonso Cuaron, Believe. Abrams also offered some brief updates on Star Wars: Episode VII. According to Abrams, the script is complete and production is now "full steam ahead" and in "deep pre-production." Below are some highlights from the event:
Abrams confirming he met with actor Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad): "He was one of the people we spoke with. It's not often that I'm reading about actors I'm meeting. I read articles about meeting with actors and then when I see them it's like, 'Oh, I read I'm going to be meeting with you!' It's usually agents talking with people about things."
Abrams' on the outlandish rumors that have come up on Star Wars: "It's amazing to see how many there are. It's really remarkable. 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 incredible to see how many crazy things get thrown out that people often write commentaries about how happy they are, or how disappointed they are, about things that are completely false. It's a lot of noise."
Abrams on if he would eve rshoot in IMAX again and why it is unlikely he will shoot Episode VII in the format: "In the right situation [I would]. The problem with IMAX [for Star Wars] is it's a very loud camera. It's a very unreliable camera. There's only so much film that 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 that we would shoot on. But we're going to be shooting this next movie [Star Wars] on film."
Abrams' response when asked for details on the run-time of the film: "I promise you that it will be movie-length."