Director J.J. Abrams, whose “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters this week, has been covering just about every imaginable angle on what may be the biggest franchise in popular culture, and in an in-depth interview with the Los Angeles Times, he talked about an angle that may interest many science-fiction fans: What’s the difference between the “Star Wars” franchise and the “Star Trek” franchise?
Abrams is in a strong position to answer the question, having directed “Star Trek” (2009) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013).
Said Abrams: “At the heart of ‘Star Wars’ is the idea of the Force. It’s this spiritual thing — it’s almost antithetical to science-fiction. And ‘Star Trek’ is such a science-fiction story.”
Abrams also offered high praise for the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie, “Episode IV: A New Hope.”
“The list of things that George Lucas did right [with ‘A New Hope’] is endless,” Abrams said. “Any one of those things that he did would have been enough for any other movie. It’s almost like the Beatles. Like, the Beatles wrote all those songs. You look at that movie and it had the music, the visual effects, the casting, the plot, the aesthetic and the design, the pace, the comedy, the romance, the heart. It’s like, Holy [expletive]!”
We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read the full L.A. Times interview with Abrams.