It's going to be a few years before we see any footage from the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars Episode VII," but that hasn't stopped people from imagining what the filmmaker's vision of a galaxy far, far away might look like.
To give folks a vision of what to expect from "Episode VII, a fan -- or perhaps a detractor -- of the "Star Trek" and "Super 8" director has assembled an "Abrams-ized" trailer mashup using footage from "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back."
Featuring many of the hilarious tropes that Abrams has become known for in his filmmaking career -- including his trademark overuse of lens flares, epic music contrasted against fairly mundane scenes, space ships flying away from the camera, and characters with daddy issues (oh, wait... that one was all George Lucas) -- the trailer is a pretty spot-on approximation of what the original two "Star Wars" films might have looked like had a stereotyped version of Abrams directed them.
While the real Abrams is likely to tone down some of his oft-criticized directorial habits in favour a more 1980s styled sci-fi/fantasy yarn, we have a feeling that some of these "Abrams-isms" will show up in the Disney-produced "Star Wars" sequel anyway. In all fairness, the faux trailer's creator might be on to something with the amped up, ultra-bright lightsabers -- it's a very cool effect. We hope that Abrams is taking notes on what to do and what not to do.
"Star Wars Episode VII" was tentatively slated for a 2015 release when Disney first announced their acquisition of Lucasfilm, but that date has allegedly not been agreed to by Abrams. Stay tuned!