There’s "secrecy," and then there’s the cone of silence that envelopes J.J. Abrams every time he sits down at his computer to work on the ongoing screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII. We know Abrams is a big fan of his "Mystery Box," the hypothetical place where he locks away secrets that only he and Bad Robot’s staff must know. Well, that need for secrecy must be contagious… to the point where even Abrams is shocked.
In the middle of an interview with the Daily Telegraph over the weekend, Abrams let slip a bizarre happening in his office, explaining:
"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."
Then again, what part of this developing sequel has NOT been considered extreme? Casting rumors, screenwriter changes… every single step Star Wars takes regarding Episode VII creates seismic shockwaves through the film-geek community.
To be fair, Abrams created this scenario himself with the mysterious way he conducted Star Trek Into Darkness and the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous character. Spoiler alert: He played Khan, despite everyone in the film swearing he wasn’t playing the classic Trek nemesis. Abrams has gone on record as saying he probably mishandled that situation, and even reiterates to the Telegraph in this Sunday feature, "We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever."
It’s my hope that Abrams learned his lesson from Into Darkness. Not that we necessarily need him to be an open book when it comes to Episode VII. But stop with any possible misdirection. For instance, just come out and tell us if the original trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are in the new movie or not. Confirm their involvement. Stop Tweeting R2-D2 photos, and give us something concrete.
And yet, Abrams still plays the party line of "less is more" when it comes to Star Wars knowledge. He tells the Telegraph:
"Star Wars is, in every way, a different animal [than Trek]. 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."
Do you agree? Do you feel "pure" not knowing what’s coming in Episode VII? Are you content to just sit down in the theater on Dec. 18, 2015 and see what Abrams has up his sleeve? Let us know below.