It seems that Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens director is taking a lot of fanboy opinion on board. In an interview with British newspaper The Times, Abrams responded to a recent video "4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again," admitting that he wants to take the franchise "back to basics," and he understands what it is about the original trilogy that fans love so much.
In case you haven't seen the video already, you can check it out after the jump:
In response to the video, Abrams said, "I would say that [the video conveys] a feeling that we share very much." He didn't stop there though, also revealing exactly what it is about the original trilogy that makes it great:
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. 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.
Abrams hasn't forgotten about the recent trilogy either and recognizes that a lot of the younger fans relate to that more than they do the older movies:
A lot of kids who saw all the prequels when they were young really do identify with those movies as much as my generation identified with the originals.
It's refreshing to hear of a director who shares the fan's passion for a project. Despite his Star Trek ties, he seems to understand the importance of the Star Wars mythology, but is also aware not to alienate the younger fans. Whisper is quietly, but Star Wars: Episode VII could be in very safe hands.