'Star Wars: Episode VII' Script Done But J.J. Abrams Won't Shoot IMAX

January 20, 2014

J.J. Abrams / Star Wars

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 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?

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I think this is fine with me, I'm a big fan of IMAX but I'm glad that he has practical reasons about why it could harm the film. Then again, what's the difference if you're going to make over half the movie in a computer anyway? Let's hope that isn't happening. As to the spinoffs, what I'm most interested in is how much they will connect themselves to the prequels, which are pretty toxic to most Star Wars fans, but confirmed lore.

OfficialJab on Jan 20, 2014


In terms of the prequels, it will probably done in a bit of a 'don't ask, don't tell' kind of way. People that want to acknowledge the prequels will probably be able to, and the people that want to ignore them will probably be able to. For example, The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers. You can very easily watch The Avengers without watching any prior Hulk film, as the character is properly re-introduced and re-explained within the context of that film. Out of all of the solo films that preceded the Avengers, TIH is really the only one that can be skipped, and you aren't really left with any questions when you watch The Avengers. That doesn't mean they 'ignored' it in The Avengers, they just didn't link to it anywhere near to the degree they did with the other films(carrying over multiple characters and plot elements). So I think it might be like that. A Yoda or Han Solo origin story doesn't really have to address the events of the prequels at all. A Boba Fett film can easily take place when he is already an adult...or it can start with his escape from the pit in ROTJ...and again, his origin doesn't really need to be addressed.

Chris Groves on Jan 20, 2014


Hey, as long as it's in 2.35:1... whatever makes it easiest for you J.J. Produce away sir.

avconsumer2 on Jan 20, 2014



DAVIDPD on Jan 20, 2014


... but, I'm sure It'll be in 3D. That's not getting old or anything. I remember seeing Freddy's Dead when I was younger & that 5-10 minute 3D scene still looks better than any movie filmed in 3D I've seen to this day... which is sad.

brandon on Jan 20, 2014


No it doesn't

OfficialJab on Jan 20, 2014


Maybe not in terms of visual effects quality, but I've yet to see a blockbuster movie in 3D that feels like u can reach out & touch it. At least that terrible movie did.

brandon on Jan 20, 2014


I hope IMAX 2D version will be played at my theatre. Glad no mention of 3D so far.

hi hello on Jan 20, 2014


"Birth of the Sith" needs to happen and "Reign of Vader" film needs to happen(this would be him on battlefields wiping out 1,00000 of enemies on screen with a plot of eluding to further the trilogy giving away Sith background info on new plots for the sith and him searching for Luke and Leia and wiping out endless planets in the search of the 2... would be sweet

shane willett on Jan 21, 2014


This endless -----endless -------endless STAR WARS franchise slum. Must say, even if, one day these forces deliver you brunch on Alpha Centauri for REAL ----it will have ALLLL the thrill of a theme park ride. SO SQUARE

IT OUT IT 22 on Jan 22, 2014

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