Kathleen Kennedy Talks About Star Wars and J.J. Abrams
The announcement of J.J. Abrams involvement in the 7th installment in the Star Wars movie franchise is surprising due to the filmmakers’ prior denial about his involvement, but LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy has revealed how she managed to convince Abrams on taking the gig.
According to Kennedy, the deciding factor may have been the fact that screenwriter Michael Arndt and producer Lawrence Kasdan were already involved in the project:
“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.”
“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…
One concern from Abrams’ camp is the proposed 2015 release date, but judging by Kennedy’s statement, the director may have gotten his way when it comes to the timeframe:
“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.”