Originally Posted by jwebb1970
Some interview bits with Abrams from StarWars.com dating back from 2006 to 2008 that the official site posted today.
One that stood out - a bit from 2008 they titled "Where he'd (JJ) like to see Star Wars go next":“I feel like the world of Star Wars has gotten to be so vast, not just in terms of the various mediums that Star Wars occupies, but because of the visual possibilities that technology has allowed and Industrial Light & Magic is so remarkably capable at creating. My favorite thing about Star Wars is the ability to tell an incredibly personal, intimate, and emotional story against a backdrop of conflict and battle that’s planetary and massive. What I would love to see is a story about characters that I am desperately entertained by and definitely care about, and keep that story as focused as possible and make more of that than the pyrotechnics of it all which to me is what makes Star Wars so brilliant. If it’s a TV show, that’s terrific. If it’s animated I’m all for it. If it’s a radio show or a video game or an online experience — whatever it is I would love to discover in this vast universe some new characters that make me feel the way that Luke, Leia, and Han Solo did.”
He's gonna do just fine, fellow nerds.
Oh, and about that lens flare issue that sends some of you into fits of tearing out your eyeballs? SW already has some (and without home produced Photoshop or Abrams, just original ILM):
Lens flares have a place, sabers clashing could be one but when they are over used and appear out of nowhere they just look obscure and distracting.
I like what he said about the characters, that was a crucial element missing from the prequel trilogy, there was not a core group of people we'd become attached to and the ones that were in through the end were mostly written so poorly the personal connection for viewers didn't really develop until about an hour into ROTS. The great Mr. McGregor saved it with some fantastic emotion in his final words to Anakin.
I think JJ mostly did a good job with this in ST, although it will be odd for me to see Spock again after watching him decorate his home with women's skin in American Horror Story
Scotty and his little creature side-kick were a bit over cheesed for my taste but Karl Urban and the others were great. Someone that can without hesitation recognize the importance of developing characters we can care about like the OT, already has a jump on some of the mess that was made of this element with the PT.