Recently I wrote about the amusing anecdote JJ Abrams was telling about the script for Episode IX being stolen and leaked on eBay. I felt the story was potentially a lie because in one version JJ says it was taken from the actor’s home, but in another version JJ says it was taken from the actor’s hotel room.
Then I wrote about how John Boyega admitted that it was him who lost the screenplay on Good Morning America.
To me, the story stinks of being made up, because of the questions it elicits. Did this occur at Boyega’s house, or did this occur at Boyega’s hotel room, since JJ claimed both in different versions of the story? What happened to the individual that stole it? Did they pay the eBayer to get the script back? How much? Were charges pressed?
It turns out, John Talks is also skeptical of this story. He was able to find an article that talked about how JJ Abrams banned actors from even taking scripts home from the set of The Force Awakens. From metro.co.uk:
Star Wars director JJ Abrams is so strict on security for the new movie The Force Awakens he banned actors from taking their scripts home, leaving them limited time to learn their lines.
Abrams has hired his best friend, actor Greg Grunberg for a role. And Greg said: “We got our script pages, only the scenes that we were in. Not even what was being shot that day.
“It was all on red paper so we couldn’t copy it or take a picture of it. And then we had to give the script pages back at the end of the day. And we didn’t get them the day before to take them home and learn them — Carrie Fisher and I were talking about it several times, like, ‘This is crazy. An actor does not get to prepare on this movie’.”
If he had that policy then, it’s unlikely that he wouldn’t have that same policy now.
I think John Talks is right in that this is an ill-conceived marketing stunt. But I also think it was designed specifically to fabricate the notion that the public is still ravenous for any Star Wars production information, when in fact I believe that those days are over and behind us.