Animated Video Tells J.J. Abrams How to Not Screw Up ‘Star Wars’; Movie May Be Shot in IMAX

By September 26, 2013


Much like the recent Batfleck phenomenon, two vocal camps formed the minute it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII – those in favor, and those opposed. Debates have raged online about whether or not Abrams is the right man for the job, and we’ll have to wait until 2015 to know for sure how his take turned out. But Prescott Harvey and a group of fans at the creative agency Sincerely, Truman (via io9) have taken things farther than just commenting in a Star Wars forum: they’ve crafted a series of four suggestions, or “rules,” which loosely define what made the original trilogy so much better than the prequels. Take a look below:

Each of those rules are 100% spot-on. Making Lucas’ universe feel dangerous again should be a huge component in Abrams’ and his team’s pre-production designs if they want to make Episode VII an exciting action-adventure, and hopefully taking the film back to its space western roots will go a long way in achieving that goal.

Star Wars Original Trilogy

In another department altogether, something else that might help recapture the feel of the original trilogy is to bring back a sense of wonder. Abrams has already announced that he’ll shoot the movie on 35mm film, but a new tip from AICN (via The Playlist) indicates that he’s in talks to shoot at least some of the movie with IMAX cameras. We can all assume the movie will be released in 3D (which Abrams had to do against his will with Star Trek Into Darkness) because there’s the opportunity for Disney to make some serious cash with those 3D upcharges, but hopefully this means there might be an option to see the film in an IMAX theater without those pesky glasses in glorious 2D.

What do you think? Agree with the “rules” about what can make Star Wars great again? Excited about possibly seeing some native IMAX footage in Episode VII? Sound off below.

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