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Star Wars VII – JJ Abrams on the script, production start and crazier rumors

Could JJ Abrams be any busier? He was at the TV Critics tour to promote his new TV series Believe, which is co-produces with Oscar nominated director Alfonso Cuaron. He’s also the Executive Producer of TV’s Revolution, Person of Interest and Being Human. Oh, and he has a little movie called Star Wars VII in pre-production.

After the panel for Believe, which will preview on March 10, and premiere on March 16, JJ Abrams spoke with journalists about Star Wars, well, sort of!

Where are you on Star Wars? Is the script done?

Believe, Season 1 - ©2014 NBCUniversal Media, Photo by: Chris Haston
Believe, Season 1 – Poster ©2014 NBCUniversal Media

Yeah, we’re working really hard, we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. We’re full steam ahead.

You’re going to start production soon, so when will we hear about the cast?

When the announcements happen, but we’re working really hard on it  and it’s quite a thrill.

What are the crazier rumors you’ve heard where you just shake your head?

God, there have been so many of them. I don’t know. It’s amazing to see how many there are, it’s really remarkable. It’s sweet, because it shows that there’s an interest in this movie that we all obviously know is there.

It is an incredible thing to see how many crazy things get thrown out that people then often write commentaries about how happy they are, or how disappointed they are, about something that’s completely false. It’s a lot of noise, frankly.

Would you like to shoot it in IMAX?

Star Wars VII
Star Wars VII

In the right situation I would. The problem with IMAX is that it is a very loud camera, it’s a very unreliable camera. Only so much film can be in the camera, you can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow and they often break down.

Having said that, they are working on digital versions of these so there may be a version one day, but we’re going to be shooting this next movie on film.

Was the Jesse Plemons report right?

He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah. It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting. I read articles about actors who are going to come in, so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read I was going to see you.’

It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. Again, it’s a lot of noise.

What’s happening with The Stops Along with Way, Rod Sterling’s last work?

Thanks for asking. After years, this week, we resolved the rights issue. Carol Sterling has been extraordinary and we are very excitedly going to be moving forward with that.

There’s a filmmaker we’re working on the project with who we can talk about shortly.

Do you ever foresee doing an Alias movie?

I feel like we did the Alias movie in doing the show, but I would consider working with everyone involved in that show again on anything.

What about Lost?

I feel similarly, although who knows. How do you do more of a cinematic work than Damon (Lindelof) and Carlton (Cuse) did on Lost?

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Lost premiered?

No, you just made me cry. That’s crazy.