When it was announced a few months ago that LucasFilm had been sold to Disney and that plans were in the works for a new series of “Star Wars” films, directors didn’t line up to beg for the directing gig; rather, they ran as fast as they could in the other direction. J.J. Abrams was one of those directors who made it clear quickly that he didn’t want the job, but I think most of us thought that was a pre-emptive strike, that he, like the others, was just making sure that he was out of the rumor mill right away. Now, though, in an interview with Empire magazine, he makes it seem as if he actually was approached by Disney/LucasFilm. Here are the quotes (via ComingSoon):
“I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead! I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It’s in great hands.”
He added that “there were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”
So I just wonder what happened in these “early conversations” that he shot down quickly. Were they conversations like, “Hey, do you like ‘Star Wars’?” or were they, “How would you feel about directing ‘Star Wars’?” I wonder about this because I’d like to know if they have had this kind of “early conversation” with other directors. Anyone else want to step forward?