Director J.J. Abrams created some spectacular sci-fi films like Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, but we already know that his biggest film yet, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will overshadow them without a doubt.
During an interview with Wired, Abrams talked about how he didn't want to approach Star Wars: The Force Awakens without knowing its story, and that's when his previous sci-fi films came up:
"I didn't want to enter into making a movie where we didn't really own our story. I feel like I've done that a couple of times in my career. That's not to say I'm not proud of my work, but the fact is I remember starting to shoot Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness and feeling like I hadn't really solved some fundamental story problems."
I wish Abrams elaborated more about those story problems, but despite the criticisms it got, especially among Trekkers who rated it the worst Star Trek film at the convention, I actually enjoyed the film immensely. He went on to talk about the benefits of concealing the plot details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
"There's a really positive side to keeping quiet. You can protect the audience from spoilers or certain moments that, in a way, obviate the movie experience. But on the other hand, you risk being seen as coy or as a withholding shithead. That's never my intent."
Although Lucasfilm and Disney have released a lot of promotional content for the film, they haven't really spoiled key plot details. We still don't know what Luke Skywalker is up to even though Abrams talked about his story.