J.J. Abrams Had to Take Out Some Star Wars References in The Force Awakens

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 - 4:30PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 - 4:30PM
J.J. Abrams Had to Take Out Some Star Wars References in The Force Awakens
Star Wars fans were weeping from nostalgia when Han said "Chewie we're home" in the second Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (no, really, there was so much crying). So many fans will probably be furious to hear that Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams felt that he had to pull back on the allusions to the original trilogy, and took some of them out of the film.

"There are, of course, references to things, and some are very oblique so that hopefully the audience can infer what the characters are referring to," he said in an interview with Vanity Fair.

"We used to have more references to things that we pulled out because they almost felt like they were trying too hard to allude to something. I think that the key is-and whether we've accomplished that or not is, of course, up to the audience-but the key is that references be essential so that you don't reference a lot of things that feel like, oh, we're laying pipe for, you know, an animated series or further movies. It should feel like things are being referenced for a reason."

Honestly, this is only upsetting before you really think about it. The entire point of a new Star Wars movie is to have a new Star Wars movie, not to rehash the old ones. Yes, he should play on the nostalgia, because we all like to get back together with old friends, but the quality of the film as a standalone work of art will definitely suffer if he's too concerned with Marvel-style Easter eggs.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out in theaters on December 18.

Via Indiewire.
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