Writer/Director/Producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was on-hand for a PGA Producers' Q&A during which he discussed the oft revered source material and its creator, George Lucas. Below, read an excerpt and watch a clip from the event:
J.J. Abrams: "[George Lucas] was brilliant on every level... He did everything, you know: the story, the heart, the humor, the adventure, the comedy, the design, the music, the sound effects. Everywhere you look, everywhere you hear, but the core of it -- the thing that was the most powerful -- was this idea of 'the force'. everyone talks about Star Wars as a science-fiction story but I think in a way 'the force' is almost antithetical to science-fiction. 'The force' is spiritual and that idea at the core of it that we are all connected is so powerful. And it's not about religion it's about an energy that I actually think is probably closer to true than anyone even knows."