Up until now, J.J. Abrams has largely built his career on the concept of the mystery box and the idea that in the information age people are intrigued by something when they are denied knowledge about it. However, he may have met his match by taking the director’s chair on a new Star Wars movie. Star Wars fans didn’t need any help generating excitement for Episode VII, and their insatiable thirst for info has forced Abrams to give fans occasional peeks at the behind the scenes. Still, the demand continues to grow and on a weekly basis we are seeing more information leak online to the point where it is becoming a serious issue.
This week a major spoiler for the film’s plot has found its way online and movie websites have been split over whether or not to report it. Obviously there are plenty of fans out there who want to know anyway, but they could potentially be ruining the movie for themselves. Considering that the movie is still over a year away, will there be any surprises left by the time it arrives? What do you think? Should bloggers give the people what they want or should the filmmakers have the ultimate say on what gets released about a movie? Is there too much Star Wars info out there or not enough? Are the hardcore fans ruining it for everyone else? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.