‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will be a self contained narrative. At least that’s how J.J. Abrams the films director and co-writer has described it.
In a recent interview for Wired the director surprised many with this revelation, but what he says below seems to make pretty good sense.
“We wanted to tell a story that had its own self-contained beginning, middle and end but at the same time, like A New Hope, implied a history that preceded it and also hinted at a future to follow,” he said.
“We’ve been able to use what came before in a very organic way because we didn’t have to reboot anything. We didn’t have to come up with a backstory that would make sense; it’s all there.
“But these new characters, which Force is very much about, find themselves in new situations – so even if you don’t know anything about Star Wars, you’re right there with them.”
The directors also admitted that the mistakes he made with ‘Star Trek Intro Darkness’ gave him some notion on what he should not do with the new ‘Star Wars’ movie.
“I didn’t want to enter into making a movie where we didn’t really own our story,” he said. “I feel like I’ve done that a couple of times in my career.
“That’s not to say I’m not proud of my work, but the fact is I remember starting to shoot Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness and feeling like I hadn’t really solved some fundamental story problems.”
The recent teaser videos continue to hint at a much larger story for the film, which I still kind of think it will be. If you looks at the original film ‘A New Hope’ it was pretty self contained, but it was also both George Lucas’s starting point for the other two movies with ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return Of The Jedi’. My point is you can quite happily watch the original ‘Star Wars’ movie on its own and still get a great deal from it.
So I think making ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ a somewhat self contained story as a way of introducing the new characters is a pretty good move. As he said above. The new film will still hint at a future and respectfully hark back to what has gone before.