J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau Say No to Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Both filmmakers expressed trepidation in taking on this highly-anticipated sequel for Disney Pictures and LucasFilm.
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J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau Say No to Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

J.J. Abrams will not direct Star Wars: Episode VIILast week, screenwriter Michael Arndt was confirmed to write the script for Star Wars: Episode VII. The greater, looming question, though, is who will direct. We reported last week that J.J. Abrams is being considered to take on the directorial duties. The director recently revealed that he wants no part of this highly-anticipated project.

"Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. 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!"

Jon Favreau is also excited about the sequel, although it doesn't seem that he will direct either.

"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 Star Wars: The 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."

Only time will tell before a filmmaker is actually confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

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