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Star Wars Episode 7 To Return to Roots

The long awaited seventh instalment of the Star Wars saga could return the franchise to its “Space Western” routes. The film’s director JJ Abrams, who always remains tight-lipped about his projects has hinted that the new movie will restore a lot of the grittiness that was lost in the glossy, CGI fest that turned critics and fans off about the movie prequels.

The director said in an interview with Times Magazine that he will be following the “golden rules” as described by movie fans on the web. “I loved how Star Wars had that sense of a world far beyond the borders of what you can see and have been told – it's one of the things it did so brilliantly,” Abrams said.

Abrams has also set himself the task of adding more mystery into the new films, which was obviously difficult if not impossible to achieve with the prequel movies. "If you watch the first movie, you don't actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do. They're going to rule by fear – but you don't know what their end game is. The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went.”

There’s been quite a lot of speculation on the web about Star Wars episode 7 plot and casting but nothing has been confirmed. Harrison Ford is rumoured to return, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who Abrams directed in Star Trek Into Darkness, could also feature.

It seems that Abrams is listening to the movie fans who are far more knowledgeable about the Star Wars franchise than any one movie maker could ever be (George Lucas included). That’s got to be good for the series, as is the news that Abrams is working on the script with Lawrence Kasdan, the man who helped shape the dialogue and characters in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars episode 7 release date is still said to be 2015, but nothing’s been confirmed as yet.

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