J.J. Abrams Knew Some Fans Would Call His ‘Star Wars’ A ‘Rip Off’ Of The Original


Getty Image / Lucasfilm

Joining The Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter podcast, J.J. Abrams got a chance to open up and respond to fans and critics who have called The Force Awakens a bit too derivative of the original trilogy. If you’ve read Matty Granger’s review for The Force Awakens — a fine response to a recent Huffington Post article that caused a little outrage online — or looked into the Star Wars ring theory, you’d get a glimpse of where Abrams is coming from with his version of Star Wars.

Still, the director knew folks would be upset with some part of his film. But as he tells THR, he felt there were important reasons to call back to those original elements:

“I knew that, whatever we did, there would be a group of people — and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not — that would take issue with any number of things…

“I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off!’ ” he says, adding, “What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards.”

Around The Web


How Learning To Play ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Changed My Life

When The Donald Trump Circus Comes To Your Small Town

25 Years Of ‘What About Bob?,’ An Ensemble Masterpiece Disguised As A Bill Murray Vehicle

‘Potato Chip’: The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of The Weirdest ‘SNL’ Sketch Ever

A Beginning Filmmaker’s Guide To Traveling The World Via Film Festivals

Sailing Across An Ocean Will Change Your Life — Here’s What To Know Before You Go

This 28-Year-Old Master Craftsman Has A Knack For Carving Out Works Of Art

By: 05.11.16

Meat Pies And Pubs: Experiencing The Insanity Of A Premier League Match

You’ll Tell Your Grandkids About Steph Curry’s Historic And Unforgettable Performance In Game 4

The Story Of Frybread — From Cheap Staple To Cultural Touchstone

A Fact-Soaked Odyssey Through Kentucky’s Bourbon Country

This Woman Is Fighting The Stigma Of Sex Work In America In Hopes Of Getting Her Child Back