J.J. Abrams Speaks Out About Complaints That He Ripped Off ‘A New Hope’

By January 9, 2016

When The Force Awakens was announced it was met with pure glee from fans everywhere. Shortly followed by a deep hope that it didn’t totally…well…suck. Been burned before, we have.

Once J.J. Abrams said he wouldn’t make the movie almost because it was too sacred to him, fans knew; This is exactly why it must be him. Soon after he changed his tune and took the job and excitement was at an all time high. Followed soon after by a hope it wasn’t going to suck. Very skeptical, we are.

Then the movie trailer came out and excitement was at an all time high. You get the idea. On one side grown men were crying their eyes out over how wonderful the footage looked. On the other side complaints about light sabers and skin color were all the rage.

Then the movie came out and the world gushed. Almost every single tiny word uttered about The Force Awakens was full of positive words from fans and critics alike. You know how the rest of the story goes. Nothing is going to please everyone and despite how fantastic many of us feel Awakens was; There are people that simply didn’t enjoy it for a multitude of reasons and that’s okay too.

One of the main critiques coming out from the darkness about Awakens has been that it was merely A New Hope ripoff due to some similarities between the two films. J.J. Abrams has since commented on those critiques in a THR podcast saying: 

I knew that, whatever we did, there would be a group of people — and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not — that would take issue with any number of things. But I knew we weren’t making the movie for any other reason than we believed that it could be something meaningful and special and entertaining and worthy of people’s time.

He went on to specifically mention the comparisons to A New Hope saying:

I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off!’ What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards.

Abrams also went on to mention the demands of filming a freaking Star Wars movie and why he wasn’t doing the sequel:

I realized when I was working on [The Force Awakens], the amount of energy that was required to tell the story, and do it justice, knowing when Episode VIII would start shooting, there was no way — if I wanted to still have my children talk to me in my old age — that doing that would make any sense. If The Force Awakens worked, it was the perfect place to say, ‘I got to make a Star Wars movie,’ and not be a greedy bastard. If it didn’t work, no-one would want me doing it anyway.

All good stuff from an all around classy guy who has breathed life into not one but two major sci-fi staples. Even if you somehow loathed The Force Awakens it has to be hard to hate on Abrams, right? Right?  Whether it be positive or negative you can be sure to keep getting your Star Wars updates right here at GeekNation.

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Mike Holtz
Mike Holtz is just a guy looking for any excuse to talk movies and needs to be able to give people a legitimate reason to spend what they spend on popcorn each month. The Dad to a superhero little girl with another on the way, Mike's also written for a few cool websites and talked for a few more. Also, Mike cries like a school girl every time he watches 'Rocky.'
  • David Johnson

    It was Amazing & the petition to get Lucas back is silly, He made 6 time for New Blood!!! Now Come On Rouge One!!!!!