Who is going to be credited with the next Star Wars film?!?! I can say it’s not going to be J.J. Abrams or Jon Favreau. They both had positive words in regards to the franchise, but both seem apprehensive about being tied to the film in anyway. Look below at what they had to say.
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” J.J. gushed. He added, “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
“I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man – so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.”
Although there has not been any speculation regarding their involvement in the films, they’ve both essentially given a preemptive “No” to being involved with the next film. I have to say that I understand why they would not want to be involved. Star Wars fans are the most stringent critics out there because it is next to impossible to satisfy them and give them an experience equivalent to when they saw the original films. As a huge Star Wars fan, I would love to see J.J. Abrams involved. After seeing what he was able to do with a franchise he wasn’t a fan of (Star Trek), I think he is one of the few directors that could give the fans some satisfaction.