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Star Wars & Star Trek are connected says JJ Abrams at DICE 2013

At this year's DICE Summit J.J. Abrams, the director of the new Star Trek film and Star Wars Episode VII, speaks with Gabe Newell about the importance of subtle clues in his movies.

J.J. Abrams shared the stage with Valve's own Gabe Newell at this year's Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (DICE) Summit to discuss the "merits of storytelling across platforms". They also talked about Star Trek, Star Wars (of course), and even teased the audience (and gamers worldwide).

Abrams, who was confirmed as the director of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII back in January, showed a clip of his 2009 film Star Trek to illustrate how small details can speak volumes.

After freeze-framing the scene, Abrams highlighted a specific area to show a familiar astromech droid barely visible amidst space debris, which you can see below.

Artoo Deetoo it is you, it is you!

"So they're looking at all the debris that's out there, and curiously, it's R2D2," Abrams said, accompanied by a gale of laughter from the crowd. R2-D2 had been caught by many fans across the internet, but it was bewildering at the time, thought as a possible homage to Star Wars when it was in fact a clue.

To this Newell responded: "So now I have to go back through your movies looking at all the debris to figure out what movie you're going to direct next?"

Abrams hasn't given many clues on what he's planning to bring to the franchise with Episode VII, but he has surely reminded fans to pay close attention to his films for small subtle hints.

Valve's Gabe Newell and J.J. Abrams discuss the merits of "Storytelling Across Platforms" at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas.

Additionally, the DICE Summit might have opened new doors to the possibility of Abrams directing films based on Half-Life and Portal. During their sit-down Gabe Newell expressed interest in Abrams taking the helm for adaptations of the best-selling franchises:

“We’re going to figure out if we can make a Portal movie or Half-Life movie together" stated Newell during the presentation.

This year's May release of Star Trek: Into Darkness may in fact be studded with small clues for Episode VII, and after Abrams' showcase in Las Vegas, Force aficionados will no-doubt crossover and become temporary Trekkies just to see clues for the anticipated film.

It will be interesting to see what Newell and Abrams drum up in the next few years on the possibilities of film adaptations of Half-Life and Portal, considering both gaming franchises are ripe with distinct and entertaining story arcs. With Star Trek and Star Wars Abrams may be too busy to tackle Valve's project for a few years, but he's definitely a great choice for the role.

Via Huffington Post

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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