October 16, 2014
'Star Wars Episode VII': To Leak Or Not To Leak Concept Art

If Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has a spy among his rank, he should fire them. This week, dozens of concept art images that are allegedly being used in the much anticipated sequel were leaked online, and there was a definitive mixed reaction.

In the age of 24/7 news and the internet, everyone is out for themselves, and if someone who is working for Abrams has decided that it's a good idea to leak major spoilers to keep fans happy, then they were mistaken. It's one thing to follow news about casting and happenings with the production, but it's a completely different thing to ruin a film that fans have been waiting to see for a long, long time.

If these are indeed from Star Wars Episode VII, J.J. must be livid. After all, he has thrown some bones our way with that little game he has going on with Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder. He's also been nice enough to tweet teasers that truly get fans' blood boiling with excitement.

Unfortunately, if these images are legit, people will see them, and even though they look very cool, they take away from the build up to the December 18, 2015 release. Star Wars Episode VII will continue the original trilogy of the 70s and 80s, and fans have literally been waiting for decades to find out what happens to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher's characters in a movie.

Star Wars director original cast.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in Star Wars.

But what should also give us pause is that neither Abrams nor Disney have pulled the images, so maybe this is a distraction created to mislead fans, which is a tactic that many directors use, especially during the production of a major blockbuster. They obviously have access to extremely talented design artists, and could just be using them to throw everyone off.

It's a fine line. Fans really want info, but they don't want to know specific details such as these. They would rather be surprised when they come to the theater to witness the completed product for themselves. So we won't post the photos in this article, even thought the Inquisitr has already posted an article showing the Star Wars Episode VII leaked images. You can do the leg work if you want to find out -- it shouldn't be hard.

Countless websites who follow every single happening regarding Star Wars Episode VII (like us) have also posted the images, but from comments we have seen online, many fans want them to stop spoiling this film. Of course, everyone needs to make a living, and these sites exist for a profit. It's a fine line.

Abrams is having one heck of a time keeping leakers at bay. Aerial photos revealed the base being used to house the Millennium Falcon and X Wing fighters. There have also been leaks of the interior of the studio early on, but those have stopped. Abrams, however, has kept his sense of humor, and jokingly asked people to stop posting info about the legendary ship on Twitter. We wonder how he feels now, assuming this is legit.

Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams.
Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams.

Are you excited or upset about all the Star Wars Episode VII art concept leaks?

[Image via Amy Beth Christianson]