Kathleen Kennedy talks J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars appointment

Explains how she persuaded him

J.J. Abrams’ unveiling as the new Star Wars director came as something of a surprise given the filmmaker’s furious denials that any such deal could come about, but Kathleen Kennedy has spilled the beans on just how she managed to persuade him to take the gig.

Abrams had publicly stated that he would rather remain a fan of the Star Wars series, but when Kennedy made her approach, Abrams was apparently swayed by the fact that screenwriter Michael Arndt and producer Lawrence Kasdan were already involved.

“J.J. was flipping out when he found out that Michael and Larry were on the movie already,” says Kennedy of the three-hour meeting that took place in secret back in December. “J.J. was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door.”

However, there were still fears concerning his other commitments to allay, and so Kennedy turned to her ace-card: the ability to play on a fanboy’s love for the series.

“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,” says Kennedy. Not that she was being cynical about it, or anything…

However, the proposed 2015 release date is thought to have been a sticking point with Abrams, and it sounds as though the director may have got his own way on that score.

“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.” Watch this space…

Is Abrams the right man for the job? Tell us, below!


    • pdanyluk

      Jan 31st 2013, 11:33

      JJ Abrams should do a Marvel and work towards an over-arching plot that works to eventually combine both the Star Trek and Star Wars universes into the same film. The crew of both Millenium Falcon and Enterprise are initially a threat to one another but come together to feel the force and defeat Lord McGuffin and his dasterdly intergalatic plan.

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    • mattburgess

      Jan 31st 2013, 11:56

      ^ anybody else think the first poster is actually George Lucas, still trying to come up with 'successful' ideas? ;-)

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    • SiMan

      Jan 31st 2013, 14:22

      Don't get why they needed to give a release date and why "Our goal is to move as quickly as we can". Its not like after a certain amount of years people will suddenly forget about SW. Why not wait until everything with the story is ready

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 1st 2013, 0:11

      Si - Disney have just spent billions acquiring the rights and you wonder why they want to get the movie made as fast as possible.

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