This year, Hall H stood for “Hyperdrive.”
Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at Comic-Con had aliens, an intriguing behind-the-scenes-video that raised as many questions as it answered, an appearance by the trio of new villains on Team Dark Side, a 6,000-strong nerd-herd hustling to a post-show symphony concert and the first public appearance by Harrison Ford since his terrifying plane crash.
Entertainment Weekly has the complete rundown. Let’s see if you can read it in under 12 parsecs …
5:40 p.m. PT – The Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel begins with moderator Chris Hardwick declaring: “Guys, we are in this! This is happening right now! I know a lot of you guys waited a long time to get here. Decades, really!”
5:43 p.m. PT – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan take the stage.
“Obviously a lot of people out there know Star Wars is 100 percent dependent on fans around the world and in this room since 1976,” Kennedy says. “We want to say thank you to all of you.”
Where are they in production? “We’re editing. We have a cut of the movie. We’re in this extraordinary movement where we’re fine tuning,” Abrams says. “We’re working hard to make the movie more of what it wants to be.”
5:49 p.m. PT – Kasdan pays homage to George Lucas, saying none of us would be here without him. “Then 30 years past, and those movies never went out of my life or my consciousness, and a call came and said would you come back and meet these characters again 30 years later,” he says. “So there was never any disjunction in my life.” He said when he found out Abrams would be directing the movie, “I went berserk.”
“In a bad way,” Abrams joked, adding that Star Wars holds a similar place in the lives of the fans. “It’s deeply ingrained for so many people.”
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