Is Apple's Jony Ive Responsible For 'That' Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lightsaber?
It's probably the most-talked about piece of sci-fi weaponry in recent memory, but the origins of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens lightsaber will likely remain a mystery until the movie's December 18th release date. But in a recent profile in The New Yorker we learn that Apple's Lead Designer, Jony Ive, no stranger to iconic technology himself, may have had a strong influence over the new lightsaber's appearance. Ive, who has helped usher in the likes of the iMac and the iPhone, reveals in the interview that during a dinner with The Force Awakens director, J.J Abrams, he made some very specific recommendations about the designs for the upcoming movie's lightsabers.
From the New Yorker Piece:
"And Ive once sat next to J. J. Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York, and made what Abrams recalled as "very specific" suggestions about the design of lightsabres. Abrams told me that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn't say how. After the release of the film's first trailer-which featured a fiery new lightsabre, with a cross guard, and a resemblance to a burning crucifix-I asked Ive about his contribution. "It was just a conversation," he said, then explained that, although he'd said nothing about cross guards, he had made a case for unevenness: "I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty." A redesigned weapon could be "more analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous."
Dividing fans of the franchise since the trailer first debuted last Thanksgiving, the new-look lightsaber arrived with a distinctly different flickering appearance and a hugely controversial crossguard. Since its arrival, fans have been dissecting the weapon's appearance on comment sections and forums across the Internet, and many aren't happy. Last month, franchise A-lister Liam Neeson weighed in on the weapon, saying that he wasn't entirely sure it would be safe. The added appendages to the new lightsaber design also prompted dozens of parodies, the best of which you can see in the video below.
So, if you're angry about the departure from a classic sci-fi design, it's all because the man who brought us the iPhone thought it would be interesting to have it look a bit more "spitty".