When Disney acquired LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion back in October 2012, the studio also announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally happening. Many fans had worried that Disney would put their own stamp on the Star Wars franchise, but during a Vanity Fair event over the weekend, director J.J. Abrams set the fans' minds at ease, confirming that he actually has final cut on the project, meaning he has ultimate creative control on the project, but he did add that Disney has a clause in the contract that would allow the studio to take over, if they saw fit. It doesn't seem that has happened, though, with the director praising the studio on their approach, stating they aren't trying to "Disney-fy" the franchise.
"Yeah, yeah. (But) when you do a Disney project, there's a clause in there that you kind of go, 'Well, if I were a lawyer I could probably drive a truck through it.' I cannot say enough about how Robert A. Iger and Alan Horn have understood this thing that is now part of the Disney company. And they're not trying to Disney-fy it. They're not doing anything other than, I think, an incredibly smart thing, which is letting Kathleen Kennedy - who is a remarkable person and producer - run and lead Lucasfilm to a place where I think it wants to go."
J.J. Abrabs confirmed at Comic Con this summer that the new trailer will debut sometime this fall, although an exact premiere date has not been given. The first trailer didn't feature any of the original Star Wars cast members, but the second one did have Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) making their triumphant return. Fans got their first look at Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in the behind-the-scenes video that debuted at SDCC, but fans still haven't seen Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in any of the footage that has been released thus far.
Disney and LucasFilm still haven't revealed a full synopsis for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, but producer Kathleen Kennedy confirmed earlier this month that this movie, and the sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX will follow Luke Skywalker's family. It isn't known which of the new characters who will be introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are part of Luke Skywalker's family, but hopefully we'll have more details soon.
Back in August, certain box office analysts predicted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could shatter box office records when it hits theaters on December 18, with a $615 million worldwide opening weekend, which would shatter a box office record that was just set a few months ago. Universal Pictures' Jurassic World broke a number of box office records back in June, taking in $208.8 million domestically and $315.3 million internationally in its opening weekend, for a worldwide haul of $524.4 million. While we wait for more details on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, check out J.J. Abrams' full video interview below.