Over the weekend, J.J. Abrams took time out from diluting preexisting sci-fi film franchises to speak at the Produced By Conference in Los Angeles, where, of course, Abrams’ involvement as the director of Star Wars Episode VII came up. And, as always, Abrams made a point to be as relatively vague and ambiguous as possible when discussing his approach to the film.
One of the few real tidbits Abrams let slip is that he will be moving to London in late 2013 to begin production on Star Wars Episode VII in early 2014.
Abrams noted that his goal in making a new Star Wars film is respect the films and story lines that have come before, but not be slavishly bound to them:
“I think that the thing is so big and so massive to so many people that the key to moving forward is honoring but not revering what went before.”
One could argue that Abrams could stand to revere the original series a little bit more (his Star Trek films were essentially live action cartoons that borrowed random elements of the original series that would look “cool”), but hey, to each his own.
/Film also reports that Abrams also had hoped to shoot the film in Los Angeles, but that Disney had “committed to London before he signed on.”
What do you think of the Star Wars news?