JJ Abrams will not direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Rumors have surfaced over the weekend, suggesting that Star Trek helmer JJ Abrams will direct the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. However, the director has come forward to clarify that he will not be up to directing the new Disney purchased franchise film.

He tells Hollywoodlife, “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.”

Continuing, he adds, “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!”

Thus far, Jon Favreau, Steven Spielberg and Quinten Taratino are just a few high-profile directors to state that they will not be directing the seventh installment to the Star Wars franchise.

However, despite the bad news, some good has surfaced. Carrie Fisher, who starred as Princess Leia, has said she is open to coming back for a seventh film, as has Harrison Ford, who famously played Han Solo.

Michael Arndt has also confirmed that he will write Star Wars: Episode VII.



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