This morning, while JJ Abrams was here promoting his latest in an endless list of projects (Star Trek Into Darkness), talk soon turned to another iconic space project under Abrams' care: Star Wars Episode VII.
So why would Abrams want to tackle one of the biggest movie series of all time?
He actually didn't; not at first, anyway. Disney had to approach the director twice before he seriously considered taking it on (later deciding with his wife that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and he had to take it).
Howard then asked how JJ felt about working on the series after the last three were so underwhelming. JJ explained that those were prequels to the original trilogy, while these won't be. In Abrams' capable hands, the Star Wars saga will finally be taken further into the future.
Cue to geeeks everywhere pissing their pants.
MEETING EDDIE MURPHY
When current King of Hollywood JJ Abrams was just a young filmmaker, he got word that none other than Eddie Murphy wanted to take a meeting with him to discuss a project. An excited Abrams soon walked into the building on the Paramount lot, only to find all the lights off and Murphy sitting at a desk in the dark, surrounded by his bodyguards. It was an odd, uncomfortable meeting. The bodyguards never left, a light was never turned on, and JJ was given a small chair he sunk right into. It was as if, even though JJ was told Eddie had called the meeting, Eddie was under the impression JJ was the one asking to see him.
Something tells us this scene would play out much differently now.
MORE FROM JJ:
- William Shatner called JJ a "pig" for taking on both Star Wars and Star Trek. JJ thinks Shatner is still upset that he wasn't in the last Star Trek movie.
- Though he's credited as a "creator," JJ said he has not seen every episode of Fringe, though he still claims to love it.
- JJ has a 3D printer in his Bad Robot office and uses it to make props and other fun things.
- JJ confirmed the new Star Wars movie will pick up right where Return of the Jedi ended.
(Eddie Murphy Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com)