By Francisco Salazar ( | First Posted: May 24, 2013 11:35 PM EDT

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J.J Abrams has revealed his thoughts on the Star Wars Prequels.

During an interview with, the "Episode 7" director told the online source that he preferred the original films. "I've got to say - as someone who is such a Star Wars fan, without question, my favourite movies were the original films," he said.

When asked what his favorite of the originals was, he continued with, "It's a funny thing because a lot of my friends have this debate where they say 'oh, Empire Strikes Back is clearly the better movie' and... I don't know. I have a soft spot in my heart for Star Wars - the original film. I love Empire as well, but there's something about Star Wars, the original..."

The online journal also asked Abrams about his opinion on a  controversial moment in Episode 4 where Han Solo and an alien have a confrontation. In the original version Solo shoots the alien without any provocation. However in recent edits of the film, the alien shoots first. This alteration angered fans because of how it changes the perception of Solo's character. Regarding this scene, Abrams said, "I would argue that there was only one shot."

"Episode 7" is currently in pre-production and it was recently revealed that Abrams will collaborate with franchise creator George Lucas. He also admitted that he wanted composer John Williams to return to score the iconic series. Abrams' frequent editing team of Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey are already confirmed as editors while Darren Gilford is also credited as the production designer on the film's IMDB page. Costume designer Michael Kaplan will create the wardrobe.

Disney also revealed that the film would start shooting in 2014 in the UK.

"Location bosses feel Scotland possesses stunning scenery perfect for movie backdrops. They will look great on the big screen and the rock formations will replicate the perception of mountainous planets. It will be the first time Star Wars has ever been shot north of the border," the studio said.

"Star Wars Episode 7" will be released in 2015 with Kathleen Kennedy producing and Michael Arndt writing the script.

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