A couple of days ago, Kevin Smith visited the set of Episode VII, and he was suitably blown away.
You can hear on Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On (NSFW) podcast the sequence of events that led him to the set of Episode VII at around the 1:18 mark, including a particularly amusing email exchange with J.J. Abrams:
The best information didn’t make it to the podcast, however. [Edit: Our good friend Jeremy at Furious Fanboys has pointed out that it actually comes from next week’s podcast.] Before the show he apparently had this to say:
“They had a sign at on the stage – I can’t even say which stage – which had the Imperial Starship logo and it said, ‘loose lips sink starships”.
“I’m really excited and you know, people keep saying that I liked the last trilogy and I did. I liked 1, 2 and 3. But I liked them as an adult, when I watched them they didn’t give me the same feeling I had when I was seven watching them for the first time and that’s fine. This movie though… Dude, I cried four times. The seven year old in me came. [J.J] has f*cking captured it, man. He has nailed it.”
Most interesting was this exchange:
Due to the non-disclosure agreement, Smith couldn’t say much more but he gave his co-host Ralph Garman a pad with some words to read out which he then nodded to in agreement. When asked, “did you see Stormtroopers?”, Smith nodded his head with the biggest smile on his face.
UPDATE: Here’s some more from Smith’s time on the set of Episode VII:
Again, he reveled in the fact that everything was exactly as it was in the original [Millennium Falcon set], right down to the seatbelts wrapped in bubble wrap to add a ‘futuristic’ feel… [Smith told Abrams] that if he can capture the same feeling of nostalgia on film that he experienced while being there, he’s already won.
So there you have it. There will be stormtroopers in Episode VII (as I’ve been saying for a while now) and, if Smith’s reaction is anything to go by, the film has the potential to meet the expectations of fans of the original trilogy in a way the prequels didn’t.
Finally, here’s photographic evidence of Smith’s near-religious experience:
Visited JJ and his EP VII set. I signed the NDA so all I can share are this old Bantha-Tracks subscriber’s tears and snotty nose of joy. The Force is WITH this movie. Holy Sith…
UPDATE #2: You can see 10 minutes of Smith discussing his visit here, starting at the 36 minute mark.