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Abrams Will ‘Compromise’ on ‘Star Wars’ Mystery Box

It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams likes his secrets. Most conversations about the filmmaker are likely to include the term “mystery box,” referring to his tendency to keep details of his movies under lock and key.

That was certainly the case with Star Trek Into Darkness, and the question surrounding the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain. But will that same approach work for Star Wars: Episode VII? Perhaps not, according to Abrams himself.

“We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever,” he told The Daily Telegraph about the Cumberbatch-Khan reveal in Star Trek Into Darkness. “Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise.”

But even if Abrams is willing to “compromise” on his desired levels of secrecy, the filmmaker is still closely guarding his Star Wars plans.

“I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing,” he said. “It seems rather extreme.”

“We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information,” he added, weighing in on his “mystery box” philosophy. “But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”

Star Wars: Episode VII arrives on Dec. 18, 2015.


  • Zach

    The Khan reveal was such a waste of time. Knowing he was Khan added absolutely nothing to the movie whatsoever. It’s not a “Darth Vader is Luke’s father” type of thing at all, so don’t treat it like such. Not the biggest problem with the movie by a long shot, mind you, but still.

  • mel

    Vader is Luke’s father?!
    Spoilers, man!!

  • alistaircrane

    Agreed. I ended up feeling disappointed and let down by the Khan reveal because everyone had called it months ahead of time.

  • Oliver Queen

    LOL that never gets old :D

  • Robbie Brooks

    I think Khan’s reveal worked in a sense that, yes we know who Khan is, but they don’t. I mean it did all lead to Spock getting in touch with his older self, and realizing, oh crap, this guy is cuckoo for Coco Puffs. All of the information from the original TV show episode and Star Trek 2 was meant to give it a lair of tension.

  • joefromnc

    I think he has it backwards!!!

    Trek never relied on big reveals, whereas the (spoilers)Vader/Luke reveal was the most dramatic point of the entire saga.

  • nld3

    I personally don’t want to many spoilers.

  • seksivitez

    It was, but it was unique. The whole Leia is Luke’s sister nonsense was made up at the last minute because Lucas was trying to recreate that same shock and he was also tired of making Star Wars movies.

    The number one BIGGEST element that was missing since Empire is not the big secret reveal- it is tension- edge of your seat, not knowing what will happen next tension that we had in the Death Star trench or when the Falcon was trying to escape from Cloud City- if Luke would come out alive and on the right side of the Force after the fight.

    No where in the prequels did this remotely exist. It was like watching a documentary.

  • jsw7533

    Just don’t have Luke yell, “Khaaaannn!!!”

  • Alex W

    Instead go with “NOOOOOOOOO…NOOOO!!!!”