It was a year ago to the day that Lucasfilm confirmed that J.J. Abrams would direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and the anniversary only confirms an early fear from hardcore fans of the classic series: that the secretive Abrams would keep everything about the continuation of the story close to the chest.
That is, we know essential nothing about the movie itself. Maybe it focuses on Luke, Leia and Han for one episode before shifting to their children, but that’s an unconfirmed rumor. Is the Empire back? Who can say? The little we do know all pertains to behind-the-scenes work, like who is writing the script and how John Williams is returning to score it.
But according to a recent interview Abrams gave to the Daily Telegraph, once production does start rolling on “Episode VII,” fans can expect more transparency than they’re used to from the director.
” ’Star Wars’ is in every way a different animal,” Abrams said, discussing the mystery around his book project, “S.” “It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”
This “compromise” that Abrams mentions doesn’t seem to have taken affect yet because during the interview, he received a call from Bad Robot, updating him on the status of his office which was having its windows blacked-out to create a more secretive working environment.
“I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper,” he said. “I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.”
So maybe this does mean a more open Abrams, but until we’re looking at pictures from the set, maybe it’s best to assume that we won’t know much until opening night.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is scheduled to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.