It should come as no surprise when you learn that people other than J.J. Abrams were actively involved in something as epic as the extension of the Star Wars trilogy. In the collector’s edition of Episode 7 Abrams reveals that Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter of Toy Story fame, and Ava DuVernay of Selma too had important roles to play in the blockbuster. And these names are some of the best that Hollywood has to offer.
These talents or rather geniuses offered their feedback which was eventually incorporated. The contribution of DuVernay was in the climatic fight between Ren and Rey.
In the words of Abrams, “This used to be where she called him a monster. Instead, we shot this, and her taking this moment of hearing The Force and thinking about what Maza told her about closing her eyes and letting her in. And, so she has the incredible internal moment, which is kind of extended in movie time.”
Lasseter was of the opinion that BB-8 needed more animations eventually resulting in the scene where BB-8 gives his now famed thumbs-up reports yahoo.com.
Spielberg too contributed to the Star Wars flick reports gamesradar.com with two alterations that are of his making. The first one comes when TIE fighter commanded by Finn and Poe lands. As Abrams said ““[the] explosion was Steven Spielberg’s idea. He loved the idea that the thing get sucked into the sand and then… that!”
The other contribution of Spielberg to the flick comes in the form of falling trees during the lightsaber battle which forms the film’s climax.
Abrams continues “When I showed the first cut of this scene to Steven Spielberg … he suggested ‘What if trees were falling while they were fighting?’”
And then we had falling trees all-around in the Star Wars episode. Now, fans are waiting to find out whether he weaves some of his magic into Star Wars Episode 8.
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