Movie News

Kennedy : How I got Abrams to say ‘Yes’ to Star Wars

Kennedy : How I got Abrams to say ‘Yes’ to Star Wars

So just how did Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy convince J.J Abrams to direct “Star Wars : Episode VII”, especially considering he had already turned it down once?

“Please do Star Wars”, Kennedy asked Abrams when he agreed to a meeting on December 14, 2012.

Abrams was already “flipping out” when he heard “Empire Strikes Back” scribe Lawrence Kasdan had been brought onboard to consult on the picture, not to mention delighted to hear Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3″) was writing the screenplay.

“I learned firsthand how incredible and persuasive she is”, Abrams (“Star Trek”) tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The thing about any pre-existing franchise — I’d sort of done that…But when I met with Kathy, it was suddenly very tantalizing.”

Kennedy, Abrams and the writers conversed for a few hours on Dec 19.

“J.J. was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door,” Kennedy tells the trade, adding that Abrams was still concerned that he wouldn’t be able to do the film due to his commitments to the “Star Trek” series. “If there was any pause on J.J.’s part, it was the same pause everybody has — including myself — stepping into this,” she says. “Which is, it’s daunting.”

“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 adds.

Kennedy is confident Abrams is going to be in the director’s chair when the film begins rolling, but isn’t so confident the film will be ready by 2015.

“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.”

Meantime, the trade also reports that Kennedy may join forces with Steven Spielberg again soon to make another “Indiana Jones”. Spielberg’s stipulation? That “it’s based on George’s story”.

Share this story!Share on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisBuffer this pagePrint this pageShare on LinkedIn
(Visited 3 times, 3 visits today)
Movie News

Clint is the creator, editor and maintainer of Moviehole. Loves David Lynch, David Fincher... actually, any filmmaker by the name of David.

More in Movie News

FARGO "The Heap" -- Episode 108 -- Airs Tuesday, June 3, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: (L-R) Keegan-Michael Key as Agent Budge, Jordan Peele as Agent Pepper -- CR: Chris Large/FX

Key and Peele will end after current season

AshJul 27, 2015
arrives at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

Michael B. Jordan to star in Just Mercy adaptation

AshJul 25, 2015

Will Smith, Jay Z developing real-life HBO miniseries

AshJul 25, 2015

Veep stars developing college football comedy

AshJul 25, 2015

Our Brand Is Crisis gets awards-season release date

AshJul 25, 2015
Actor Garret Dillahunt arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 26, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA United States
February 26, 2011
Photo by Steve Granitz/

To license this image (63699099), contact

Garret Dillahunt joins Rounding Third

AshJul 25, 2015
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30:  Naomi Campbell poses during a photo call for Australian TV show, "The Face of Australia"  at Carriage Works on November 30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Naomi Campbell checks in to American Horror Story: Hotel

AshJul 25, 2015

Mission : Impossible – Rogue Nation : The Reviews Are In!

ClintJul 25, 2015

Ant-Man actress nabs tiny role in Masters of Sex

Editorial StaffJul 25, 2015