The mystery box is working out pretty well for J.J. Abrams right now on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thanks to a sizable fan base that doesn’t want to know too much about the exciting new franchise installment and the marketing geniuses at Disney and Lucasfilm (though they could stand to slow it down just a little). But that wasn’t always the case — it wasn’t long ago that Abrams’ mystery box backfired with Star Trek Into Darkness, and now screenwriter Damon Lindelof is admitting they made a pretty big mistake.
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As a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams revealed yet another tiny tidbit about the upcoming mega-blockbuster. Responding to the question “Do you have time to do anything else? Or see...?” from host Jimmy Fallon, Abrams explained that he recently saw the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, where he bumped into the show’s star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda joked that if Abrams needed any new music for the famous Star Wars cantina, he would gladly write it, little realizing that Abrams actually had a scene in his movie that was a bit of an homage to the classic cantina scene. So Abrams offered the challenge to Miranda, who accepted. Then Abrams and Miranda worked on the music together.
Just in case perhaps you forgot, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams would like to remind you again this his movie will be nothing like the Star Wars prequel trilogy. While he’s been very diplomatic publicly about The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, everything Abrams and Lucasfilm have done since taking over the franchise has been to distance themselves from those movies as much as possible. And that includes the lightsaber duels, which Abrams says are very much a “throwback” to the epic battles in both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
Good morning, and welcome to today’s round of Star Wars: The Force Awakens updates! With the release less than a few weeks away, the details and videos and photos (and…and…) haven’t slowed down one bit. Today brings a new featurette exploring Rey and her background, while an extensive cover story in Empire reveals J.J. Abrams’ influences, Mark Hamill’s hints about Luke’s absence and the importance of Andy Serkis’ mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke.
Hey, whaddya know? It’s another TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now that we’re only three weeks away from finally seeing it on the big screen, Disney’s been dropping more and more new footage. The latest preview is an extended TV spot, about the runtime of your average teaser trailer, and features more footage of Kylo Ren and more voiceover from the mysterious General Snoke. In addition, the official soundtrack listing has been revealed and no, it doesn’t spoil anything like the Episode I track list did.
While the night was short of massive revelations (no, Luke Skywalker talk here), there were plenty of interesting, fascinating and hilarious stories as the show formally got started. Here’s the night’s greatest hits.
The mere combinations of “Stephen King,” “James Franco,” “time travel” and “J.J. Abrams” weren’t enough to put you on board with Hulu’s upcoming event series 11.22.63, the first trailer might do the trick. Come, join out beloved Pineapple Express star, as we travel through time to stop the assassination of J.F.K., as only James Franco can do.
George Lucas recently commented about why he walked away from Star Wars and it’s all your fault. In a new video interview for Vanity Fair, the Star Wars creator voiced some of his frustrations with the past of the franchise and his hopes for the future, yielding some uncharacteristically candid soundbites.
Not unlike the Wu-Tang, Star Wars is for the children. Not in the most literal sense, of course — fans of all ages can enjoy the sci-fi franchise’s galactic thrills and sand-related koans — but in a moral sense. Over the weekend at Los Angeles’ Gallery 1988, a new exhibit called “Art Awakens” featured a host of pieces pertaining to the inescapable franchise of adventure films, with all proceeds from the sale of said items going to support UNICEF Kid Power.
At this point it’s totally fair if you want to stop watching promos for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Although Disney and Lucasfilm initially took a more measured approach in their release of trailers, it looks like all bets are off in the month leading up to the film’s release as we’ve been flooded with TV spots, featurettes and all kinds of new info. The marketing machine hasn’t slowed down a bit, as today brings another new spot for The Force Awakens featuring even more new footage, as well as some details on Kylo Ren’s mysterious crossguard lightsaber.