By: Dominic Jones
Rolling Stone Magazine has published a fantastic piece featuring The Force Awakens cast and crew discussing the making of the new movie. Time caught up with director JJ Abrams, Producer Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and stars John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey). Here are some highlights from the feature,
JJ Abrams commented on old rumors that early drafts of the script put the focus more of the returning "Legacy" characters,
"No, because the movie was always about the new characters and the existing characters were always a critical piece of that. It was very much a bridge between what had transpired and what will. But there was never any disagreement that this movie needed to be – as Star Wars is at its core – a generational story."
Kathleen Kennedy spoke about how George Lucas original ideas were incorporated into the process,
"We had discussions based off of George's treatments and then when J.J. and Larry came into the process, there were new ideas being discussed, which is normally what would happen in a development process. We didn't have a script, we didn't have an extensive treatment of any kind, so we were still trying to find the story for the movie, so it's not as though something was just read and then set aside, and everybody said, 'Oh, we don't want to do that, we're going to start on this new thing.' Everything emanated from what George had created with the original movies, and then some of the things he was talking about in this brief synopsis. We carried on from there."
JJ Abrams was asked how he felt about the Star Wars prequels. He replied,
"I enjoy the prequels. I am a kid of the Seventies whose life was fundamentally impacted by the original films. And one of the reasons that I preferred the original trilogy was that it felt the characters were more everyman or everywoman characters. They felt scrappy and they felt real and lived in, and characters that were essentially nobodies who had to go up against some of the scariest and most intense villains of all time. That, for me, was inherently a more fun trilogy of stories. I felt that the use of technology, the use of design, the world-expanding that George did in the prequels is incredibly impressive. My favorite of the prequels is the third, which has some very powerful moments and some incredible imagery. But I know that when I went into doing The Force Awakens, my goal was to try and make a movie that felt like it was continuing from Return of the Jedi, which it is. As opposed to the significantly different aesthetic that George applied to the prequels, in his remarkable pushing of the boundaries of cinema."
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