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Star Wars: Episode VII Might Be Heavy On the Secrecy After All


In a recent interview Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy had some interesting things to say about secrecy and Star Wars mainly relating to how fans are an integral part of the franchise and “there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know.” That would seem to be at odds with the modus operandi of director J.J. Abrams, which is basically not telling fans anything.

But Abrams isn’t in control now: Disney is. So will Episode VII be less hush-hush? Not so fast, says producer Bryan Burk.

Asked in an interview with /Film whether Abrams might ease up on the secrecy for Episode VII, Burk said:

Well [Kennedy and I] haven’t had those conversations, but I’m sure she would agree, and by the way having grown up watching all of her movies, you know… nobody saw ET before and I didn’t know what the temple in The Temple of Doom was until I saw it. I guess what I’m saying is it’s always that balance. It’s a hard thing. If I were to right now tell you all of the things that were going to happen in Star Wars in detail, the left side of your brain would say  ’Awesome’… But the right side is going to sit down one day and see the movie for the first time and you’d have all of that kind of spoiled, so it’s that balance of wanting to know everything and not wanting to know everything at the same time.

It’s like a magic trick and there’s nobody who wants to know how all of the magic tricks are done more than me. Then the second I learn how they are done, it’s like “Oh” and it kind of goes away… I think people who are desperate to find out what’s going on with Star Wars as we move forward are going to find out what’s happening with it. It’s just you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.”

His point about balance is good, but at the same time… this isn’t a J.J. Abrams movie. It’s Star Wars. There doesn’t need to be a huge secret. There was the “I am your father” twist in The Empire Strikes Back, sure, but I’d hazard a guess that that wasn’t a twist to the majority of today’s Star Wars fans, just because they knew about it beforehand. (I did. I’m pretty sure I saw Jedi before Empire, actually.) Twists get blown up into these big things nowadays when they didn’t in the pre-Internet era, and there’s a huge risk of that backfiring. (Looking at you, Star Trek Into Darkness. For all the true identity of the Cumbervillain was hyped up, I thought the villain part of the movie wasn’t all that great, to be honest.)

That said, even if there’s not some twist there’s still going to be general plot information that some people will want to have and some people won’t. Burk’s attitude here seems to be “People are going to uncover spoilers, but I don’t have to like it.”

I’ll be curious to see how this pans out. I’m sure ultimately it’ll come down to Disney. The Mouse House is a well-oiled machine.

(via: /Film)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.semkow Andrew Paul Ross Semkow

    Brace yourselves the rumor and heresay blogs are coming.

  • CommentsSectionsAreDumb

    SPOILER : It’s going to be about Princess Leia going back in time to get revenge for the destruction of her planet, and the subsequent establishment of an alternate timeline.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718104135 Mark Wintle

    So the article is stating that knowing the twist before seeing a film on it’s release doesn’t matter as 10 years down the line we’ll all already know it….. WTF! Why not save the effort of printing 300 pages in a book and just print the end, or just plain stop telling stories in movies because some teenager can’t handle plot development being a secret until you see the movie.
    I now only see films I have no idea what the plot twists are, and it’s bloody hard to do that now as some studios don’t care about us having a story to enjoy. I praise any director who values my enjoyment of the story they are putting up on the screen and not the ego of writers who desperately want to be the first to reveal spoilers!

  • Anonymous

    I see that Episode 7 is now a film that I will have to avoid all information about until its release; not because I’m afraid of spoilers, but because I can’t stand this constant bickering about spoilers vs secrecy which completely obliterates any enjoyment I may get out of speculating about the film. :(

  • http://twitter.com/DanielReasor Daniel Reasor

    The balance Abrams is talking about is the difference between just showing me a trailer full of the explosions that the effects crew made and telling me there’s a story. Abrams seems to be incapable of this. Cumberbatch’s identity in Trek isn’t a twist, it’s a plot point. Tell me in the trailer that in the new timeline, a villain discovered the Botany Bay before Kirk could, and I’ll have a little damn excitement and anticipation while I wait for the movie to hit theaters.

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  • Anonymous

    I have had so much fun walking into movies about which I knew nothing at all aside from maybe having seen one trailer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rich.civil Rich Civil

    On the whole I think we , as movie goers , are better off knowing less about much of the plot before going into a film. Sure there is a good amount of the early plot you release to get people interested, but the second half of the story should remain to be seen in the theater.