Alex Ritman | February 9, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness may be just over the (event) horizon, but in sci-fi film world, the talk is all Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars at the moment. First came the announcement that J.J. Abrams was to waltz from the USS Enterprise to the Millennium Falcon as director of the seventh episode tentatively scheduled for summer 2015, then we heard there were going to be some spin-off films centred around certain characters (thankfully Yoda was mentioned above Jar Jar Binks). With rumour mills whirring at near uncontrollable speeds regarding the plotline of Star Wars VII, Abrams took to the stage at a video games conference on Wednesday to offer only a smidgen of a clue about his upcoming project.
Talking about the importance of colouring his films with subtle detail, the director showed a scene from his 2009 Star Trek reboot. At one particular moment, he freeze-framed to reveal a rather familiar Star Wars character peeking out from behind the space junk.
“So they’re looking at all the debris that’s out there and, curiously, it’s R2D2,” he said to a hearty roar of laughter.
And that was it, a brief Star Wars mention that neither confirmed nor denied that everyone’s favourite diminutive robot would be among the cast in the next film. Thanks, Abrams.
But there were other hints about the filmmaker’s future – non-Star Warsy – plans provided at the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain Summit held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Despite a hefty workload already ahead of him, he announced his intention to collaborate with video game developer Valve on potential movie adaptations of its best-selling Portal and Half-Life titles.