When I posted back on January 17th that I was going MIA for a while, I mentioned that by the time I was done moving into my house, perhaps we would have news on who the Episode VII director is. Though I said that, I was kind of hoping we wouldn’t know just yet because I wanted to post on the news right away and also not read about it in a hurried glance at Twitter on my phone.
Fate is against me.
In the end, not a big deal, because either way – this is still big news and I still get to post about it!
First of all, when I heard J.J. Abrams was directing the movie on Friday (back when it was still unconfirmed, but a very solid rumor), I was intrigued. Though I am not a Star Trek fan, I saw the reboot he made with series in 2009 and I really liked it. I was almost ashamed at how much I liked it. It was one of those moments where I felt disloyal to my True Love…did I fall in love with another movie? It’s a similar reaction to that moment when your husband catches you checking out another guy and you have to hastily cover it up. No, of course you weren’t looking at his big muscles; you were thinking that he really is overly jacked and it’s so not attractive anyway. What’s the point of muscles like that? Eew. No thanks. This is all a hypothetical situation anyway as I would never think that about any other man. Ha.
But that is what my quick love affair was like with the Abrams’ Star Trek movie. A attractive glance over, nothing else, but I remembered it when I heard the news this weekend. If J.J. Abrams can make a die hard Star Wars fan see the appeal in a Star Trek movie, then aren’t we in good hands? Will he help the jaded, disillusioned older Star Wars fans that have been burned by the prequels? Will he revive a franchise that people are beginning to think has turned into a Lucas cash grab? No one can say until 2015 (though there is a rumor that Abrams wants to push it to 2016 now; I’m fine with it if he thinks his work will be better, I don’t want a hasty Episode VII) if he will end up doing a good job. We won’t know, but I have hope. He may bring to Star Wars what Daniel Craig brought to James Bond.
My minor tease with Star Trek makes me think that this guy knows how to do a good sci-fi movie, and that is so important to me. With Michael Arndt as the writer, he will hopefully bring in a more character based/slightly humorous script, which was severely lacking in the prequels. The two combined could bring us a great sci-fi movie with a depth that outshines the prequels. I am surprised that I am this positive about it as I tend to skeptically view every bit of new Episode VII news that has been released thus far. At its core, the original Star Wars is a character driven sci-fi movie, which is what makes it so relatable and enjoyable.
My other question is that I wonder how the Star Trek fans are taking this news? How would I feel if I had a beloved director who decided they would “fraternize with the enemy”?
Also, Abrams originally said he was not going to direct our movie, so what kind of offer did they give him that he couldn’t refuse? When the speculations of directors started back in October, he mentioned he would prefer to be watching it as an audience member. So what changed? I know, I know, it is probably the money, but I’m wondering if something else went on morally?
And if I hear one more mention of Abrams and his love of the lens flare trick, I will scream. Such a minor thing to be obsessed about! People really do like to get annoyed by the smallest things. “Oh no, lens flare will make the movie look newer and take away from the old school Star Wars look.” Get over it. We will never have the Original Trilogy again, those days are over. Maybe the New Republic is so far advanced by the point of Episode VII that lens flares will totally make sense.
Finally, officially from starwars.com: looks like the 3D release dates of II & III have been postponed because they want to focus on Episode VII. By “postponed”, I think they mean “will never happen until we have exhausted Star Wars in every way and need more money”. Yes, I am cynical about the 3D releases. I went and saw TPM 3D in the theaters at midnight with Mr. Reticent. Waste of time and precious sleep. I figured, hey, it’s Star Wars, I should uphold my reputation. I definitely almost fell asleep. The prequels were not filmed with 3D in mind. It was really a waste of money and time on the Lucasfilm side. I don’t care how “fleshed out” Rick McCallum was claiming it was and how it looked like you were in the room with them…if the movie was not made with 3D in mind, it really is a pointless move to convert it to 3D. The effect of 3D is wasted.
That also brings up the question – will they film VII with the thought of releasing it in 3D? Will that be a move that Abrams wants to make, therefore bringing in more “popping out” shots? I really don’t know what to call it, but I’ve noticed that all 3D movies I’ve seen lately have had so many scenes of objects/people falling right at the camera so that they get to create that scare effect in the theater when you have your 3D glasses on. “Ah! A ship just fell on me!” I don’t know if I want Episode VII to be 3D, but I’m not sure that Abrams will have a choice. Disney will definitely want to bring in more money wherever they can, and 3D is all the rage right now.
Overall, I’m still very interested to see where this all goes and I think J.J. Abrams is a good fit – but more specifically, I like the combination of Abrams and Arndt together. Will 3D happen for VII? Not sure, but I’m hoping it won’t affect the outcome of the movie too much if it does happen.