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Disney might not let Abrams be super-secretive with Star Wars VII

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

Dating all the way back to his time on Lost, J.J. Abrams has always been a pretty secretive dude. But it sounds like that might not fly when it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII.

Fans are clamoring for any detail they can get when it comes to the Star Wars revival, and new Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy says they want to foster that buzz — not fight to stop it. Abrams? Without secrets? That’ll be interesting to see.

Here’s what Kennedy said in a recent interview with Screen Slam:

“We talk about that all the time. I think the whole issue of confidentiality is gonna be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they’re important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know. So I think that’s something we’re going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.”

For Abrams, it could prove to be one heck of a culture clash. The director has famously kept the identity of Star Trek Into Darkness’ baddie under wraps, and several of his films (Cloverfield, Super 8) remained a complete mystery deep into the development process.

Heck, the dude has even started building makeshift forts around his sets just to keep out prying eyes. That’s hardcore.

But in regard to Star Wars, the approach makes sense. Disney’s Marvel films have found great success with a healthy mix of openness and secrets, with every new set pic generating a mountain of speculation and buzz. With Star Wars following a similar course, we’ll likely see a very similar approach.

How do you think Abrams will adjust to Lucasfilm’s more open style of filmmaking? 

(/Film via Screen Slam)