At the recent Produced By conference, Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams took some time to talk about the next Star Wars film and when it might begin filming. The Star Trek Into Darkness director confirmed what we previously reported, saying that he and his team will likely be moving to London at the end of this year to film Episode VII in early 2014.
Not that Abrams completely enjoys that, saying moving to London "makes me insane" and that it can be an inconvenience, especially for his wife and kids. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he even funded part of Star Trek Into Darkness himself to avoid leaving Los Angeles. About his children, Abrams joked:
- "When you're 13 and 14, it's like, f**k that, I don't care what the movie is."
The move overseas isn't the only way that Abrams plans to reconnect Star Wars to its roots. He briefly spoke about his approach to the saga and hinted that it will not be a radical new Star Wars, unlike his two Star Trek outings which dramatically amped up the action and effects of the franchise. As a self-described massive Star Wars fan, Abrams knows what Star Wars means to people:
- "It is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before."
There are many ways to read into that, but if I had to guess, I would say Abrams means that he and his team should not approach Episode VII as a sequel to a holy trinity of films. They will make the best movie they possibly can, without tying themselves to too much that came before it. Given that Abrams also declined to answer a question about how Episode VII will relate to the Expanded Universe, this seems even more likely.
What do you think "honoring but not revering" means, and what kind of approach do you want to see them take with the new movies? Let us know in the comments below!