How J.J. Abrams Feels About Stars Wars: The Force Awakens Finally Being Released

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Can ‘The Force Awakens’ Become The Biggest Movie Ever?.

The director joined Stephen Colbert for a conversation dubbed a “Celebrity Nerd Off,” which also served as the annual fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival.(AP) — Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new “Star Wars” movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go. The movie is on track to have the biggest December opening ever, topping “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which took in $85 million in the U.S. and Canada on its opening weekend in December 2012.

Ticket seller Fandango says advance ticket sales for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has already topped every other movie, though it didn’t provide figures. Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord answers the words of Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o), wields a lightsaber, and commands the Millennium Falcon, while Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) replaces Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) as the disciple of Thanos. And the Late Show host revealed some of the ways their careers have intersected, including Colbert auditioning for Abrams’ first movie (he didn’t get it) and him knowing Jennifer Garner as his kids’ babysitter before Abrams cast her in Felicity and then Alias.

Whether it bests the biggest grosser of all time — “Avatar,” with $2.8 billion worldwide — depends on word of mouth and whether fans love it enough to watch it multiple times through the new year. “Star Wars” will have the advantage of having weak competition for months. Colbert and Abrams talked for nearly two hours at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark in front of an audience of 2,800 people, which Abrams quipped was “about 2,700 more people than I thought would be here tonight.” Sitting on a set that featured Stormtrooper mugs (“You can really taste the dark side,” Colbert joked) and a BB-8 replica that they brought out when Abrams discussed the origins of the droid, Colbert consulted a binder full of notes, saying, “Well, J.J., this is your life,” as he began the chat.

Marvel’s “Deadpool” doesn’t come out until mid-February, while Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” isn’t out until late March. “I think it’s going to own January,” said Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango, one of the nation’s largest online ticket retailers. “I know one guy who has nine tickets to see it in the first week alone. That’s what we’re talking about.” Exactly a month from release, “The Force Awakens” had 405 million trailer and teaser views on Facebook and YouTube. And as for his state of mind less than a month before the film is released, the director said, in response to an audience question, he is “at turns thrilled beyond words and terrified more than I can say.” “Working on this movie for the past nearly three years — it’s been like living with the greatest roommate in history for too long,” Abrams added. “It’s time for him to get his own place. That’s 87 percent more than this summer’s “Jurassic World,” which opened domestically with a record $208.8 million in ticket sales and owns the all-time No. 3 spot with $1.7 billion worldwide. As for the all-time high, one thing “Avatar” had going for it: It rode a wave of consumer interest in 3-D, which costs a few dollars more than regular tickets.

Abrams is frequently criticized for his excessive use of lens flares in his movies, something Colbert brought up by claiming that “someone on the Internet” counted that there are 721 instances of lens flare in Star Trek. The first installment of “The Hunger Games” was the leader in advance sales, but topped out at a worldwide gross of $693 million, not even in the all-time Top 10. When am I ever going to get a chance to do that again?” Abrams talked about how he and creature designer Neal Scanlan developed BB-8, trying to create something that looked like original Star Wars designer Ralph McQuarrie had conceived. The movie also has a much bigger Chinese box office to tap. “Avatar” pulled down a monstrous $204 million in China through 2010, but the theatrical market there is now at least three times as big. We knew that this droid, this character was going to be an important character in the movie … Ralph McQuarrie, who’s the original designer for Star Wars, did an extraordinary job.

It could make the difference between the so-so reaction to the “Star Wars” prequels in Episodes 1 to 3 — with heavily parodied characters like Jar Jar Binks and video-game-like action scenes — and the satisfying revival that fans are hoping for. “The brand name alone and the excitement for the franchise will get huge numbers in the door,” Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. “But for very long-term prospects, you have to have a movie that delivers.” I think probably everybody got Hoovered up in Chicago improv or comedy to go audition for this thing and when the movie finally came out … I went, ‘Oh that sounds like Filofax.'” Regular Daily Show viewers know that Jennifer Garner was once Colbert’s kids’ babysitter as the actress herself revealed that during a 2014 appearance on the show. Colbert confirmed the story on Saturday night and revealed the (awkward) conversation he and his wife had when they saw her transformed into Sydney Bristow for Abrams’ ABC spy series Alias. Garner babysat for Colbert’s eldest daughter Madeline, who wasn’t in attendance at Saturday night’s event, after they met as guest stars on Spin City.

I nearly drove up on the sidewalk.” He subsequently bought a copy of Time magazine also featuring Garner as Sydney on the cover and brought it home to show his wife. But the filmmaker claims he just stumbled into it in a way that he admits doesn’t make sense. “I was dating someone who auditioned for a part in this movie, this young woman, who then didn’t get the part,” Abrams explained. “They said to her, ‘Oh you’re dating J.J.

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