Much of the success of the original Star Wars trilogy leaned on certain simple aspects that the prequels lacked. One of those is the rugged, western style feel. It seemed that the ships in the galaxy for example, (The Millennium Falcon) were well used and appeared to be hundreds of years old. The other is the fact that everything seemed so mysterious such as the force and how exactly Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Director JJ Abrams has recently stated that he will be following these tones because he knows these small but important factors kept fans so fascinated by the franchise in the past and will continue to thrill them in the future.
Here is what he said:
“If you watch the first movie, you don’t actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do.
“They’re going to rule by fear, but you don’t know what their endgame is.
“You don’t know what Leia is princess of.
“You don’t yet understand who Jabba the Hut is.”
He also stated that he is working to “bring back the rugged frontier spirit of the originals”
Recently Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over script writing duties from Michael Arndt.