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

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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.”

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