J.J. Abrams on why he’s not doing Episode VIII and criticism of The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about some of the criticism about Episode VII being a rehash or rip-off of Star WarsA New Hope. He also had a bit to say on why he won’t be directing Episode VIII:

“I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off!’ ” he says, adding, “What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards.”

“I realized when I was working on [The Force Awakens], the amount of energy that was required to tell the story, and do it justice, knowing when Episode VIII would start shooting, there was no way — if I wanted to still have my children talk to me in my old age — that doing that would make any sense,”

Knowing that Abrams is such a family man and that his kids are still young, I’m not surprised at all that he stepped away from the director’s chair for Episode VIII. Abrams is staying on as Executive Producer for VIII so if you really like what he did with The Force Awakens, that’s good. Abrams also notes that he and Lawrence Kasdan shared a lot of ideas they had with Episode VIII director Rian Johnson. Head over to The Hollywood Reporter for the full story.

Amanda Ward (administrator)

Star Wars enthusiast, Mom, Contributor and Administrator of MakingStarWars.net In addition to handling website administration for MakingStarWars.net, MakingIndy.net and FingeredPodcast.com, Amanda co-hosts the Rebel Grrrl, a Star Wars focused podcast with a Riot Grrrl heart. Amanda has guested on other popular Star Wars podcasts including Steele Wars, The Cantina Cast, The Star Wars Underworld Podcast, and Radio Free Tatooine. Amanda was the happy recipient of the 'Fan Favorite Female Podcast Host' award from the 2017 Star Wars Podcast Awards.

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