Lucasfilm shoots down rumours that J.J. Abrams is leaving Star Wars: Episode VII

“J.J. is having a great time working on the script”

Over the last few weeks, a rumour has been steadily building that all may not be well behind the scenes of Star Wars: Episode VII.

The problem as reported, has revolved around the fact that Abrams is unwilling to shoot the movie in the UK, as it would involve a lot of personal upheaval for a director who has only ever directed projects in the US.

The issue had been thought to be so serious that claims have beenemerging online that Abrams is set to walk away from the project entirely. However, Lucasfilm has released an official statement claiming that this is not the case.

“There is no truth to the rumour,” begins the official response. “J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”

Sounds pretty conclusive to us. We can understand Abrams’ unwillingness to spend so much time apart from his family, but dropping out at this stage would be an extraordinary move, especially from a franchise so close to his heart.

We might not have heard much in the way of updates from the project, but given that’s the way Abrams always likes it, we wouldn’t read too much into his silence.

Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to open in 2015.

Do you think there's any truth to the rumour? Tell us, below!


    • BobTheSkull

      Jul 23rd 2013, 9:50

      I've said this before, I'll say it again. I like Abrams stuff. He's a great director. But he needs to suck it up. To anyone that attacks me for saying this, think of it this way... if you were offered 5 million quid to go abroad for 9 months and make the movie of your dreams, and had the option of taking your family with you if you so wished, would you? Of course you would! He knew what he was getting in to when he took the gig. Complaining about it now is pretty poor taste, to be honest. It's not like he's being sent off to work on an oil rig for 15 quid an hour for a year.... pfffft.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jul 23rd 2013, 10:08

      JJ Binks better get used to being owned by Disney

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    • FilmBuff94

      Jul 23rd 2013, 10:08

      Get a director who will just get the job done but also will care about the project. Personally I want JJ as far away from this project as possible. Lens flare felt like it was going to blind me watching Star Trek Into Darkness in the cinema.

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    • crystakura

      Jul 23rd 2013, 10:10

      If he is complaining then ditch him. He is a great director but he isn't the only one out there capable of creating a great Star Wars story. I'd rather have some unknown director than a guy who is only mildly interested in it.

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    • hawleygriffin

      Jul 23rd 2013, 10:24

      If its true that he wants to walk away just because he's got to take an extended break away from the USA . Then hes gone waay down in my estimations ? Ok yeah he's got a family and I get why that would be a bit of an issue but he has a job that most folks would dream of having . He comes across as a guy very committed to what he does in terms of getting a picture onto the silver screen . But I don't quite get how moving for an extended but lets face it short period of time would make him want to walk away from this franchise ? Think most folks would prefer to see Star Wars taken care of if Disney want this made -- by a reliable director than the second or third name on their list . Also I think the die hard trekkies needs to get a grip , Gene Roddenberry is no longer with us ( hasn't been for 22 yrs ) , so sadly he cannot oversee the continuation of this franchise. At the same time these franchises have to make money other wise the company who own then will s****can them , stick them away in a dusty room never to see the light of day again . They tried Johnathan Frakes and Leonard Nimoy and they didn't pull in enough audiences to make enough money , or generate enough interest to reel in many new fans . JJ has given Star Trek a fresh chance and opened it up to new audiences , I cant understand why they continually want to slam the guy for this , its nuts .

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    • sjbowron

      Jul 23rd 2013, 10:47

      Did you guys read the article? It's an unfounded rumour - leave the guy be...

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    • mattburgess

      Jul 23rd 2013, 10:51

      Thank you sjbowron - leave the guy alone. And if the rumours are true, maybe have a little respect for someone who puts his family first.

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    • batt101

      Jul 23rd 2013, 11:49

      I would sooner work on an oil rig for 15 quid an hour rathar than have the responsibility of saving what little is left of the Star Wars franchise.

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    • burgesssamuel

      Jul 23rd 2013, 15:06

      Don't be a p***y JJ. 'Nuff said.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 23rd 2013, 17:45

      I hope this rumor is false cause it kinda makes JJ come across a bit like a whiny biatch. Yes family is important but it's not like JJ is being asked to permanently move to England for the rest of his life.

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    • johnwright

      Jul 23rd 2013, 20:08

      Bob The Skull is right! Its a once in a lifetime chance to go overseas. Its giving your children an experience that could enrich their lives! Who knows? Maybe they might find love there. :D Or the parents reignite their passions. :) Its Europe! That's what is is KNOWN for. That's why you'd go to shoot there. Same as Heavy Metal isn't as passionate if its not from there too. They have HUNDREDS of years experience as a country on the good ol' USA and I'll be certain if not ALL of our superstars have gone, loved and still import goods from there to here. What Abrams needs to look at is what it means to the franchise that they shoot on location. He can't be selfish and say because its what he imagined that Star Wars can only be shot on set in Hollywood. I'll call up LOTR and have a Wormtongue gotten rid of is someone odd is bending his ear. The prequels killed Dooku once already. Thats not being considerate of anyone, least of all Abrams himself. He's wearing blinders to all the countries that Star Wars is known to have been a part of. We're talking Tunisia for Tattooine, Italy for sets in the prequels, London I believe and the forests there for Endor? Not sure. All I know is that yes, some exterior shots were done in California like R2 and Threepio walking to Jabba's castle. Though that wasn't the same place for the whole movie. We don't even HAVE locations big enough as Leavesden or somewhere to build such monumental sets.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Jul 24th 2013, 7:47

      I know this report says its a rumour, but a few months ago JJ went on record saying that he wasn't happy with leaving the states. I believe he said something along the lines of 'I've never done a movie outside the US, or even outside the state, so it'll be difficult and I'm not really comfortable with it.' or something similar. He took the job knowing where it would be filmed, but b***hed back then too. It's hardly the kind of industry anymore where one person can demand changes that need not be made when there are thousands of others waiting in line to do that same job. Like I said, I like Abrams, but i suppose earning a s**tload of money to provide for, and give his family security isn't really 'putting his family first' if he's not there to share the mansion with them for 9 months. If everyone had this kind of attitude, movies wouldn't get made.

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