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One thing that’s been clear while watching what little has been revealed from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that J.J. Abrams and crew are serious about washing the stink of the prequels off this franchise. They’ve gone all out signing up castmembers from the original trilogy, pausing production when Harrison Ford was injured rather than cutting down Han Solo’s role, bringing back the classic Topps trading cards, and even adding little touches to the first teaser like the original sound effect of Luke’s lightsaber played during the title card.
J.J. Abrams spoke with MTV at the National Board of Review Awards about the “terrifying prospect” of making a Star Wars movie that would be “worthy of people’s time”. Here’s a sampling of what he said in the video above.
“It is, without question, an intense and terrifying prospect. The opportunity, I think, is greater than the fear, greater than the risk. […] There was a weird buzz in the air when we were making this movie. But we were all just aware how hard we had to work to make it something worthy of people’s time.”
To put his current anxiety into simpler terms, imagine his stress as a ball (BB-8 the ball droid, to be specific) and Abrams as Indiana Jones at the beginning of Raiders Of The Lost Ark…
Yeah. Something like that.