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Watch: J.J. Abrams Talks IMAX, New Lightsaber & More 'Star Wars'

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February 5, 2015
Source: Collider

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When it comes to talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams has done a pretty good job when it comes to avoiding major press events where he's asked a whole bunch of questions that he can't answer. However, Collider recently got a chance to catch up with Abrams as he attended the Visual Effects Society Awards to accept their Visionary Award, and the director was forthcoming about some things, though they're not particularly revelatory. Abrams confirmed there's only one sequence shot in IMAX, and he will executive produce Episode VIII and Episode IX. But what about that new lightsaber?

Here's the quick five-minute interview with J.J. Abrams from Collider:

Hopefully one day Abrams will release some of those intricate diagrams that people have sent him about the inner-workings of the new crossguard lightsaber (which we have our own theory about), especially since he indicates that the things he's been sent have not been posted online anywhere. Otherwise, my favorite part of the interview is when our good friend Steve Weintraub (he's conducting the interview) suggests a hasty placeholder title for Star Trek 3 as "Adventures in Space," to which J.J. Abrams gives deadpan approval, looking directly at the camera like Rachel Dratch in the "Saturday Night Live" sketch Debbie Downer.

Also if you're interested, here's Abrams speech from the Visual Effects Society Awards last night:

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, continuing the beloved original trilogy about Luke, Leia, Han & Chewie that ended in 1983, is directed by J.J. Abrams, of the films Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, The Bodyguard) and J.J. Abrams, with Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm producing. This debut is the beginning of a brand new saga, with another trilogy planned for this storyline, not to mention other standalone movies in this universe. Disney, after acquiring Lucasfilm, will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters worldwide on December 18th, 2015.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments

1

God, I love JJ Abrams

Tyler Scruggs on Feb 5, 2015

2

What an awful interviewer. Really cringy moments in this.

Benjamin Hunter on Feb 5, 2015

3

Well have you read Colliders reviews? Yikes. Is it me or does JJ seem exhausted? Or is he just annoyed by the interviewer? 😉

Sascha Dikiciyan on Feb 5, 2015

4

Probably both.

Benjamin Hunter on Feb 6, 2015

5

I was like, "who is that tree behind J.J.? oh, it's Aslaug....those vikings are really giants..."

Mark Fuentes on Feb 5, 2015

6

JJ Abrams, Amazing director

Бабак on Feb 6, 2015

7

lmao - his look @ "Star Trek 3: Adventures in Space" (3:14 first vid) Also, Alyssa Sutherland stage right... just... wow. Tall drink o' water right there.

avconsumer2 on Feb 6, 2015

8

Lens flare in the Visual Effects speech........ Planned?

EmagSamurai on Feb 6, 2015

9

Apparently the mere presence of JJ Abrams causes lens flair. This explains everything. He doesn't do it on purpose. It just happens.

ed on Feb 7, 2015

10

Man this cat is one cool capable dude, and I can't wait for JJ to throw some more Star Wars bait to us hungry fans. I JUST CAN'T FRIGGING WAIT!!!! GAH!

RAW_D on Feb 6, 2015

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