J.J. Abrams not dropping out of ‘Star Wars’ sequel, Lucasfilm says

July 22, 2013 | 8:30 p.m.

J.J. Abrams, who has made a name for himself writing, directing and producing such hits as "Lost" and "Star Trek," was tapped in January to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII." (Tracey Nearmy / European Pressphoto Agency)

Abrams made his first foray into television in 1998, co-creating the coming-of-age drama "Felicity," which starred Keri Russell as the title character. The show won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. (The WB)

Abrams created the Jennifer Garner-starring spy thriller series "Alias," which won four Emmys and a Golden Globe. (Norman Jean Roy / ABC)

J.J. Abrams on the set of "Mission: Impossible III," the first feature film he directed. The film earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. (Paramount Pictures)

Director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise on the set of "Mission: Impossible III." (Paramount Pictures)

Director J.J. Abrams and star Tom Cruise pose atop Shanghai's historic Bund 18 building after wrapping up filming in China for "Mission: Impossible III" on Nov. 30, 2005. (Associated Press)

Abrams co-created "Lost" with Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof. The suspense-filled show followed a group of people after their plane crashed on an island. The massively popular series became a cultural touchstone, with millions of viewers tuning in for twist after twist. (ABC)

J.J. Abrams is photographed in Los Angeles in April 2006. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

J.J. Abrams, second from left, poses with the cast members from "Fringe," a sci-fi television series he co-created with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. (Rich Lam / Getty Images)

J.J. Abrams reveals his first casting for his 2009 reboot of "Star Trek" during a 2007 Comic-Con panel in San Diego. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

A scene from Abrams' 2009 film "Star Trek," which raked in more than $385 million worldwide. (Paramount Pictures)

Steven Spielberg, left, co-produced the 2011 film "Super 8," which J.J. Abrams wrote and directed. The pair are shown here at a 2009 dinner honoring Spielberg in Beverly Hills. (Michael Kovac / WireImage)

J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

Director J.J. Abrams and actor Kyle Chandler on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

Young actors Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths discuss a scene with director J.J. Abrams on the set of "Super 8." (Paramount Pictures)

J.J. Abrams, left, and Eric Kripke executive produce the post-apocalyptic adventure series "Revolution." The pair are photographed here at Abrams' company Bad Robot in Santa Monica on Aug. 20, 2012. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Abrams, second from left, shares the stage with "Star Trek Into Darkness" actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star Chris Pine and producer Bryan Burk during a December 2012 press conference for the sequel to their 2009 blockbuster. (Koji Sasahara / Associated Press)

J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath are co-chairs of the Children's Defense Fund of California. They're photographed here in December 2012. (Mark Davis / Getty Images)

J.J. Abrams is photographed in Beverly Hills in June 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

J.J. Abrams is photographed in Beverly Hills in June 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

J.J. Abrams is not dropping out of the next “Star Wars” film, contrary to certain online reports.

“There is no truth to the rumor,” Lucasfilm said in a statement issued Monday. “J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will be written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3,” and will be shot at England’s historic Pinewood Shepperton Studios.

Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm last year, announced in April it will release a new “Star Wars” film every year beginning in 2015 with “Episode VII,” the first installment in a planned trilogy.

George Lucas will serve as a “creative consultant” on those three films, but has no plans to write or direct.

In an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year, Abrams described having the opportunity to helm “Episode VII” as “incredibly surreal.”

“We are working on some incredibly exciting stuff,” Abrams said back in April. “It is very strange to be discussing this world and not just with friends of mine at a party being idiot geeks but to be discussing it with other storytellers and filmmakers, some of whom actually worked on the originals. Larry Kasdan is involved, to be working with Kathy Kennedy,  since before I got in the business [that] is something I was hoping I would get to do.”

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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8 Responses to J.J. Abrams not dropping out of ‘Star Wars’ sequel, Lucasfilm says

  1. ackMYeyes says:

    that's good news, I was looking forward to all those lens flares.

  2. Michael Hackett says:

    Filming in Pinewood studios in England with a large English cast with English accents is the biggest bad idea this project has ever thought of. Why would the English play such an important prominent role in influencing the youth of today. I'm a big Star Wars fan ever since I was knee high to a grass hopper. Has the birth of the royal baby had an effect on the producers of the film. I always look up to America. Especially the music of Johnny Cash. We consider the English the old enemy here down under. Particularly in the State of Victoria. Which is by the way the financial capital of the southern hemisphere and the gateway to the fastest growing region in the globe. And I'm not talking of just China. We here in the sunburnt country have three perfectly good facilities and world class expertise. Any Australian A lister will jump on any opportunity to work at home with a Hollywood project. John Carter and the Lone Ranger BOMBED OUT. Don't let Star Wars be the next.

  3. Kenny says:

    @Michael- You say you’re a fan…ever read the credits of the original trilogy? I think you may find Pinewood Studios listed in there somewhere, particularly in “Empire…” BTW, Grand Moff Tarkin and Obi-Wan Kenobi- British actors, as well as several others. Probably not making the film Down Under, mate…

  4. mar says:

    Sweet another vapid JJ movie.

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