J.J. Abrams Auctions Off 'Star Wars' Spoilers for Charity

Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 5:38PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode IX
Saturday, 25 November 2017 - 5:38PM
J.J. Abrams Auctions Off 'Star Wars' Spoilers for Charity
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Having proven his ability to make wildly popular science fiction many times over, most recently with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it wasn't a big surprise when J.J. Abrams was brought back to direct Star Wars: Episode IX down the road. Or, at least wasn't as big of a surprise as when the original Episode IX director, Colin Trevorrow, was kicked off the film.

Point being, Abrams is now once again in the Star Wars loop, and likely knows more about the final entry in the current trilogy than anyone else. So in an act of charity, Abrams came on HBO's Night of Too Many Stars special, hosted by Jon Stewart, and offered to auction off some Episode IX plot details to the highest bidder, with all the money going to the NEXT for Autism nonprofit.

And auction it off he did, with the price of Star Wars spoilers ultimately hitting a whopping $10,000 before reaching its end. The winner was a young man who gave his name only as "Carlos Danger," which Jon Stewart was halfway through saying before he caught the reference. See Abrams' auction from the special below, with several other surprise guest stars appearing midway through:



Unfortunately, while Abrams whispered the spoilers to the winner in front of the audience, it's inaudible. A combination of Rob Cordry and Gilbert Gottfried coming onstage to simultaneously give spoilers of their own - Cordry explained the plot of the nonexistent Hot Tub Time Machine 3, while Gottfried belted out graphic "plot details" from the already-released Sharknado 5 - prevented anyone else from hearing it.

The winner also had to sign a nondisclosure agreement with a bunch of Stormtroopers, so the secret is unlikely to come out. Assuming Abrams doesn't pull the same stunt as he did with The Force Awakens and retell a plot from the Original Trilogy, the plot of Episode IX might be more complicated than Return of the Jedi, and it's hard to speculate on before Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi has even come out.

Trevorrow wrote much of IX's original script, but it's likely to undergo some rewrites courtesy of Abrams. So if you have lots of money and a desire to get something in return before you give to charity, you can always hope Abrams or someone else from Disney or Lucasfilm will hold a similar auction. Abrams claimed Disney didn't know he was doing this in advance, but there's no way something like that would've slipped by the Mouse.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017, while Episode IX is scheduled to come out December 20, 2019.

 
 
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