J.J. Abrams: 'Star Wars' script done, Plemons meeting confirmed

J.J. Abrams hit the Television Critics Association’s press tour Sunday to promote his upcoming NBC show Believe, and after his panel reporters pelted him with Star Wars: Episode VII questions. What did he say? Not much, but here’s what we got:

The script is done: “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead.”

What’s the length? Abrams wouldn’t go there. “I promise you it will be movie length.”

What about rumors of him meeting with Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons? It’s true, but Abrams is meeting with many actors, and insiders will tell you that having your name in the press isn’t the best way to get a part on an Abrams film, given the director’s penchant for secrecy. “He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to,” Abrams said. “But it’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting … I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I was going to see you!’ … It’s a lot of noise.”

Abrams says he will shoot Star Wars on film, and won’t do scenes in IMAX. “In the right situation I would,” when asked about the format. “The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera. It’s a very unreliable camera. Only so much film can be in the camera. You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow, they break down often. Having said that, they’re working on digital versions of these and so there may be a version one day … but we’re going to be shooting [Episode VII] on film.”

Asked if he plans to direct the three next Star Wars films himself or pass the reins to somebody else (like, for instance, his Believe producing partner Alfonso Gravity Cuaron), Abrams ducked it. “I’m just focusing on Episode VII right now, that’s the focus.”

Commenting on false Star Wars rumors: “It’s incredible to see how many crazy things get thrown out that people then often write commentaries about how happy or how disappointed they are about something that’s completely false.”

Abrams also said his production of a Rod Serling-penned miniseries is on track. “This week after years we resolved the rights issue through the Serlings and we’re very excitedly going to be moving forward with that.”

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