After the bungled “is he/isn’t he” reveal surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch‘s John Harrison/Khan character in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS put a hole in J.J. Abrams trademark secrecy surrounding projects he has directed or produced, many have been left wondering whether or not he would employ the same with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. With Disney and Marvel very open and timely with their news surrounding superhero movie news, can Abrams do the same with Lucasfilm’s pride and joy?
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Abrams was asked about how his history of playing things close to the vest will go down with his latest film.
“[STAR WARS has] always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to,” he admitted that “there’ll be some sort of compromise…there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing [about a story ahead of time]. We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”
Translation: I’m not going to get to be nearly as secretive as I would like to be on this one because I am not the god of this franchise.
Seriously though, that’s probably a good thing. I really think some of the bad blood could have been avoided by being a bit less coy and a bit more open with Into Darkness. I thought it was a fine film, but so many fans got so butt hurt over the thing he should have just let it go.