J.J. Abrams Talks Turning Down Star Wars Episode VII & Plans


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6293:]]J.J. Abrams recently gave an update on Star Wars Episode VII discussing how at first he turned down the role to direct one of the most up coming anticipated films in addition to plans for the movie.

Empire Magazine’s May issue has a feature on Star Trek Into Darkness, with a gatefold cover revealing the cast and J.J. Abrams in the captain’s chair, and it also has an article on “The Secrets of Star Wars” as well.

Empire Online released some of the interview with J.J. Abrams discussing Star Wars Episode VII.

As we all know, J.J. Abrams early on said he wasn’t doing Star Wars Episode VII when asked. Turns out that seems to be the truth as J.J. Abrams lets it be known he did just that due to his involvement with Star Trek, but then had further conversations with the LucasFilm people and ended up changing his mind.

My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation. I went down to tell Katie, my wife and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning.

Now with J.J. Abrams officially onboard Star Wars Episode VII, everyone has been wondering what the new movie is about. J.J. Abrams is asked about his approach and how it will compare to Star Trek, as Abrams is a big Star Wars fan and wasn’t so much of the Trek universe. He really provides no details, just that they are working on it.

I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.

How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.


While J.J. Abrams hasn’t offered up any details on Star Wars Episode VII that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any rumors. There has been rumors about the children of the Skywalker’s and Solo’s for some time with the latest coming from Cosmic Book News.

We were told a disciple of Palpatine will attempt to create the armies of old in Star Wars Episode VII with the Skywalker/Solo children at the peek of their own powers battling their inner family demons.

Spin-off standalone movies have also been mentioned with Star Wars characters Boba Fett and Han Solo getting movies of their own, in addition to one rumored for Yoda. Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinberg, are reported to be working on the movies, in addition to helping out J.J. Abrams on Star Wars Episode VII.

Disney has plans for Star Wars Episode VII to have a 2015 release, but it seems as if J.J. Abrams may not be sticking by that date, with the movie to begin filming some time this Summer, possibly in London.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars hub for more even more news.