JJ Abrams Has Completed the Final Cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Says Lens Flares are Limited

Monday, 23 November 2015 - 1:18PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monday, 23 November 2015 - 1:18PM
JJ Abrams Has Completed the Final Cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Says Lens Flares are Limited
There are just 25 days to go until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters here in the US, bringing with it the hopes of hundreds of thousands of fans craving a return to form for this beloved movie franchise. Over the last month or so, we've had countless trailers, TV spots and teaser images for JJ Abrams' movie, and while this might be almost too much footage for some, things got a little bit more real this past weekend when the director revealed he had just completed the final cut for the movie that holds all of our hopes and dreams.

Speaking during a charity fundraiser with Stephen Colbert at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey, Abrams confirmed that the final cut of The Force Awakens was turned in just after 2:00am on Saturday night, taking us one step closer to a moment we've been waiting over an entire decade for. It's not all done yet, though. Abrams admitted that there were still 6 important tasks that need to be completed before Episode VII graces our theater screens. 

While we don't know exactly what those tasks will be, we can now say for certain that adding extra lens flares is definitely not on the list. During the 2 hour long event, Abrams moved to allay the fears of fans who had been put off by his, shall we say, unique style of effects from the Star Trek reboot movies. The director said that while The Force Awakens will not be completely free of the lens flares that littered Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, they have definitely taken a back seat for this particular project.

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The Force Awakens will have some lens flare, but only when it's unavoidable or necessary. This is not the movie for that. These are not the flares you're looking for.
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An understandably weary Abrams also admitted that he was rather looking forward to the whole Star Wars ordeal being over. He likened working on the project to living with the greatest roommate in history, but for too long. After working on the project for more than 2 years, Abrams said he's looking forward to releasing The Force Awakens to the public, allowing him to finally get out and meet some other people.

Personally, I'm rather looking forward to meeting this roommate of Abrams', I just hope they're everything the director says they are.

To help things feel even more real than ever, check out the first clip from the movie, released by Disneyland Experience.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in theaters on December 18th
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