Kevin Smith: Star Wars: Episode VII Is "A Direct Doorway To Our Childhood"

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The only time I got into Hall H at Comic-Con was to see Kevin Smith's panel for Tusk, which is kind of the big show. It's an Evening With Kevin Smith in his home turf. He opened with the story of visiting J.J. Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and stepping onto the Millennium Falcon, which you can surely hear in full detail on a Smodcast or maybe someone secretly filmed the Hall H panel. The point was a bona fide Star Wars expert vouches for Episode VII.

"From what I saw of Episode VII, what he's doing is so important," Smith said. "He's making that movie that we were all like, 'Oh man, I hope Episodes I, II and III are that movie.' And I like Episodes I, II and III but I'm telling you, what I saw of Episode VII, the few scant moments I saw of Episode VII, the weapon that Chewie held, he's already making what, to me, is the sequel to not Return of the Jedi, ladies and gentlemen. Empire Strikes Back. It feels that strong."

After 20 years of filmmaking, at one point contemplating leaving the business, the set of the Millennium Falcon reminded him what magic filmmaking can capture. "I gave J.J. the world's biggest hug and I thanked him from the bottom of my heart because I was just like, 'You dialed back my clock. You made me believe in movie magic again. You literally built the Millennium Falcon, dude. You're doing it. You are building the field of dreams, and if J.J. builds it, we're all going to come hard."

Beyond a single filmmaker rediscovering his passion for movies, Smith recognized what will make the rest of the world fall in love with Star Wars again. "I saw old friends who were never really friends but are characters I love more dearly than blood relatives of mine. I saw sh*t that I haven't seen since I saw those movies a long time ago. I saw weapons, I saw some sh*t. If he captures 1% of what I went through on the Millennium Falcon on the screen, which I've seen. He showed me a scene cut together. He's already got it. It's going to be the highest grossing movie of all time because it is a direct doorway to our childhood. It's going to take people back."

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