So this is how J.J. Abrams was convinced to do Star Wars

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Before the official announcement that J.J. Abrams was set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, Abrams said in an interview that he wasn’t interested in doing a Star Wars movie. He was already busy working on Star Trek Into Darkness, plus he wanted to work on other original projects – not franchises. With news floating around saying that he’s a contender to direct, it’s no wonder all eyes were set on him.

So why did Abrams changed his mind to do Star Wars: Episode VII? The answer is Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. THR revealed that according to Abrams, “I learned firsthand how incredible and persuasive she is.” Even though Abrams was busy with projects from Paramount, he agreed to meet up with Kennedy on December 14th.

Kennedy summarized her pitch as, “Please do Star Wars.” Well, that alone wouldn’t convince him, so she also had talent already attached to the project including Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine), who’s attached to pen the script, and Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), who’s joining as a consultant.

“The thing about any pre-existing franchise — I’d sort of done that,” Abrams said. “But when I met with Kathy, it was suddenly very tantalizing.”

And with that, Abrams was excited to meet again with Kennedy and the writers in a secret 3-hour meeting on December 19th. Even when he was excited about the Star Wars project, he was still hesitant, due to the fact that he didn’t want to be away from his family in Los Angeles and his other obligations (I’m assuming Paramount). Another factor that had him reluctant was the task of crafting another Star Wars movie. “If there was any pause on J.J.’s part, it was the same pause everybody has — including myself — stepping into this,” Kennedy said. “Which is, it’s daunting.”

And directing a Star Wars movie is no small task. So to put the director at ease, Kathleen made sure to discuss everything about Star Wars. “We spent a lot of time talking about how meaningful Star Wars is and the depth of the mythology that George has created and how we carry that into the next chapter,” she said.

It’s crazy that during this time, Abrams is still working on Star Trek Into Darkness. As for the Star Wars, the negotiation was finally over on January 25th. “Our goal is to move as quickly as we can, and we’ll see what happens,” says Kennedy. “The timetable we care about is getting the story.”

Well, it’s a good thing Kathleen Kennedy is on board, since if George Lucas was still around to run things, it’d take forever for us to get another Star Wars movie.

Source: THR

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