J.J. Abrams Talks “Star Wars” Secrecy

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has come under fire in the past for the level of secrecy surrounding his films. From the coy teases to the flat out denials, films from “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Super 8” have been met with criticism not just for the film’s themselves but the way the build-up was handled.

Now that he’s in charge of “Star Wars Episode VII,” those methods have to change somewhat. He tells The Daily Telegraph:

“[With ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’] were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever.

Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”

At his Bad Robot offices though, his staff are apparently overprotective of potential leaks:

“Are you kidding me? My god. My office… I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing…It seems rather extreme.”