- STAR WARS INTO DARKNESS
Recently IGN managed to get a hold of Star Wars director JJ Abrams and they got him to speak about Mission Impossible and the new Star Wars Into Darkness film and filming on IMAX. Here’s what he had to say:
IGN: We’ve been hearing some rumblings about Christopher McQuarrie potentially directing Mission: Impossible V. Anything you can say about that?
J.J. Abrams: Yeah, we’re talking to Chris McQuarrie now. I would just say that he’s somebody who -- he did some work on the last one we did [Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol]. I’ve been a fan of his since The Usual Suspects. He’s just a terrific guy, an incredible writer and a really wonderful director, so we’d be lucky to get him.
IGN: I know better than trying to ask any Star Trek story questions, but are you excited, with the IMAX footage debut, that it’s at least going to give people all-new questions to bug you about once they see the footage?
Abrams: You know, I’m excited because we’ve been working on this for awhile, and the idea of getting some of the movie out there to the world is going to be a real thrill for us - and as always you just hope people will like what they see!
IGN: The IMAX footage in Ghost Protocol was stunning - my personal favorite use of IMAX for a scripted movie so far. What was it like on Trek to use that format?
Abrams: It was amazing. Part of it was challenging because of the technical aspects of it, the machinery of it. The cameras themselves are a little unwieldy and a little loud and unpredictable. But then you go to dailies and you watch on this massive screen these images that you’ve shot having been filmed on a negative that’s eight times bigger than what you normally use, and you cannot believe how good it looks. So that’s exciting! But unlike Ghost Protocol, a lot of what we shot is integrated into special effects and visual effects in a way that I cannot wait for people to see. I think it really is mind-blowing, how it looks. The IMAX frame, I think, is really the best way to see a movie.