Director says Mouse House fully understands the iconic sci-fi franchise and isn't trying to alter it
Director JJ Abrams has insisted that Disney isn’t trying to “Disney-fy” the new Star Wars movie.
Abrams’ The Force Awakens, set for release in December, is the first in a wave of new Star Wars movies in the pipeline following The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012.
During a filmed talk for Vanity Fair, Abrams confirmed that he has final cut on the film, while also conceding that “when you do a Disney project, there’s a clause in there that you kind of go, ‘Well, if I were a lawyer I could probably drive a truck through it…'”
However, he maintained that Disney’s CEO Bob Iger and chairman Alan Horn aren’t trying to alter the iconic sci-fi franchise, saying: “I cannot say enough about how Bog Iger and Alan Horn have understood this thing that is now part of the Disney company. And they’re not trying to Disney-fy it. They’re not doing anything other than, I think, an incredibly smart thing, which is letting Kathleen Kennedy – who is a remarkable person and producer – run and lead Lucasfilm to a place where I think it wants to go.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. It takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.
Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. Meanwhile, it has recently emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.