'Star Wars: Episode VII' Script Done But J.J. Abrams Won't Shoot IMAX
by Ethan Anderton
January 20, 2014
Last week we got a handful of new casting rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII with Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, Adam Driver and Jesse Plemons being linked to meetings or discussions for a potential role in the sci-fi saga sequel. Well, in a recent appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour, The Wrap reports director J.J. Abrams confirmed that he has met with Plemons for a role, but on other rumors, he says, "It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s a lot of noise.” So nothing big there, but after recent reports pegged an overhaul of the script, Abrams has confirmed it's at least finished.
Of course, he wouldn't offer anything as far as switching the focus to the return of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia as we heard recently, but Abrams said, "We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead, y’know.” One detail that Abrams was forthcoming about was the prospect of shooting on IMAX, just as he did for Star Trek Into Darkness. Sadly, for fans of the giant format, Abrams says:
"The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera. It’s a very unreliable camera. 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 this next movie on film."
So that's a bit of a bummer. But you can bet Disney will likely still release the film in IMAX theaters, and while the film won't fill the whole screen, the sound will still be something fantastic. Speaking of Disney's future plans for Star Wars, Kathleen Kennedy also recently had a chat with the Singapore outlet Straits Times (via TheForce.net) and revealed that the gestating spin-off films won't necessarily feature characters who will pop up in the new trilogy to follow Return of the Jedi. Addressing the spin-off films, said to be origin stories with characters like Yoda and the saga of young Han Solo and Boba Fett rumored for projects, Kennedy says:
"The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that [George Lucas] created. … There is no attempt being made to carry characters [from the standalone films] in and out of the saga episodes."
So don't expect the spin-off films to introduce characters who will pop-up in the new trilogy. Of course, Kennedy's words are rather vague, and while there may not be any attempt now to have the spin-offs in development tie-in to the new trilogy and have characters crossover, that could still happen in the future. And when you think about how well Disney and Marvel are doing with their comic book characters popping up in each others' films before uniting in The Avengers franchise, it's a successful formula, and one that Star Wars fans might be interested in. Anyway, we'll see how this all plays out eventually. What do you think?