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J.J. Abrams on his inspiration for new 'Star Wars'

By Rollo RossMovies - 10 December 2015 8:00 AM | Updated 10:47 AM

J.J. Abrams on his inspiration for new 'Star Wars'

When George Lucas first created Star Wars, it was a mish-mash of inspirations from ancient mythology and Japanese samurai films through to classic Westerns and 'Flash Gordon'. Director J.J. Abrams is about to unleash 'The Force Awakens' on the world, and one of his inspirations is equally eclectic.

"The fact is watching any inspiring storyteller, a filmmaker, watching Terrence Malick movies who's not a director you would normally think you'd, you know, go to for a Star Wars movie and yet, you know, I don't know of a more profound and emotional filmmaker than Malick," Abrams said.

Terrence Malick is a director who is known for playing down conventional narrative for more impressionistic and existential cinematics.

"There were many scenes where I might have typically wanted to rush the camera around or cut more frequently but in trying to grow a little bit and in trying to tell the most powerful story possible, you learn lessons in restraint, you learn lessons in stillness, you learn lessons and confidence and trust, in your characters and the audience. And so I found myself working to not just keep things moving as fast as I could which sometimes has been my default but rather sometimes to keep things as still as I possibly could or let things breathe and you know as a balance to the action of which there is much in the movie," the director explained.

How much influence Malick has on the final production will be seen when 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' hits cinemas worldwide.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    (2015)
  • Rated
    PG /
    Genre
    Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Language
    Eng
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