Dear Mr. Abrams,
I recently heard the news that you were designated as the first person to take over the newly re-launched Star Wars film franchise. The first thing that came into my mind was “This is absolutely fantastic news!” and I told my 6-year-old son that they were going to make a brand-new “real” Star Wars movie in a couple of years. I’ve turned him into a massive fan (having watched the first Star Wars when he was only two) and I didn’t want to tell him the news knowing the film was in the hands of a bad director, so please know I am very relieved to find out it will be directed by you.
I mean, you’ve worked on so many things that I’ve loved over the past few years…
- Mission: Impossible III
- Super 8
So having say this, let me also say that I’m a bit surprised to hear the announcement. Why? Well, you have been designated as the person to revive the Star Trek franchise already. Your vision made the new Star Trek movie a must-see. You maintained the storyline of the original but took the film franchise into an entirely new and very cool direction without ruining continuity (alt universe, anybody?). The rumblings on this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness is already turning into buzz, and that buzz is very positive at this point.
Can the man who rebooted the Star Trek franchise successfully reboot the Star Wars franchise? Can the multiple visions seen for one universe be put aside in order to re-vamp another universe? Should one man hold that much “fan boy power”?
My concern is that visions from the Star Trek universe will blend or be carried over into the Star Wars universe, so much so that while the stories and the characters will be completely different, the actual tone and style of the movies will be the same.
As a lifelong Star Wars fan (and a part-time Trekker), I want a completely separate vision. I want to forget the “prequels” because while good, they were far from great. The best parts were the ones in the third film that Lucas didn’t have anything to do with. The video games have had more action and fun storylines and unique visions than Lucas had, so the potential is certainly out there to the new trilogy to be incredible.
I believe in you, JJ. The force is strong in you. I’m just wondering if you can bring the uniqueness required to reboot Star Wars after spending so much time bringing new life to the Star Trek universe. It’s not even for me…the legacy is strong in my mind. No, I want a new legacy built for my son. I want to have him experience the same things I did back when I was his age.
Canadian Bald Guy