Kasdan, Abrams On “Force Awakens” Genre, Aims

George Lucas isn’t the only one talking “Star Wars” today. There has often been a debate about the franchise’s genre – it’s not straight science-fiction like “Star Trek” or “2001,” but something more akin to fantasy. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” co-writer Lawrence Kasdan however tells Wired that “Star Wars” is something else entirely:

“Star Wars is its own genre. It’s not really science fiction. It’s really something on its own, fantasy and myth and science fiction and Flash Gordon and Akira Kurosawa all mixed up together. For that reason, like all genre it can hold a million different kinds of artists and stories… It can be anything you want it to be.”

His co-scribe and the film’s director J.J. Abrams has also been speaking about the film today and gave a great answer when asked by Good Morning America about what he wanted kids to take away from the new movie:

“What I hope is that they see a movie that tells them that life is full of unlimited possibility. That there’s an incredible sense of, to use a George Lucas term, hope in the world. And that they feel better when they leave than when they got in there. … I’m looking forward to kids seeing this movie and seeing themselves in it, and seeing that they’re capable of doing things that they could never imagine possible.”

Finally, two more ‘Force Awakens’ TV spots have emerged, these ones focusing on BB-8 and Kylo Ren. The film itself opens December 18th.