The famously reticent Abrams sat down briefly with Entertainment Weekly recently and actually discussed something about his plans for the film. Even if he was somewhat vague. Surprised?
Asked which of the original films best reflects what he's aiming for in terms of the new one, Abrams dodged. "It's impossible for me to say because it's going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favourite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective."
He did, at least, have a little more to say when questioned about how he wants the film to feel to fans: "I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting the new film to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right."
Let's hope Abrams can capture some of that magic when cameras start rolling on Star Wars: Episode VII in London early 2014.