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Kathleen Kennedy Explains How She Convinced JJ Abrams to Direct "Star Wars: Episode VII"

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Kathleen Kennedy Explains How She Convinced JJ Abrams to Direct "Star Wars: Episode VII"Submit Comment
Disney recently confirmed that JJ Abrams has signed on to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," something that the director has been denying ever since the studio acquired Lucasfilm. So clearly it took some convincing to bring Abrams on board.

According to producer Kathleen Kennedy, she first had a conversation with Abrams' agent, who said that the director is too deeply involved in the "Star Trek" franchise, as well as numerous TV projects to consider the "Star Wars" job. But Abrams still agreed to meet with Kennedy, who revealed that her persuasive pitch was "Please do 'Star Wars.'"

During the meeting, Abrams explained his concerns, including taking time away from his family and stepping into such a big job. Ultimately, he was very impressed with Kennedy and was excited to learn that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was writing the script and Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) was consulting.

Meanwhile, Chris Pine (Star Trek) also commented on the news, stating that he's very disappointed that Abrams won't return to direct "Star Trek 3," but added: "JJ is a science-fiction genius. To have him over in the 'Star Wars' camp is going to be a great thing. I'm sure it's going to be a great film."

Source: THR, USA Today


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bandolero999 writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 7:16:59 AM

Lens flare queer
swoooop writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 8:39:04 AM

Im going to try the same tactic on Mink here.

"Please, go away Mink"

Did it work??
Kurskij writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 8:45:58 AM

Lots of money.
cress writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 9:59:47 AM

Kathleen Kennedy's like a boss.
Avirex writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 10:07:40 AM

"Abrams still agreed to meet with Kennedy, who revealed that her persuasive pitch was..."

She gave em' some of that dusty muffin. That old poonani. The grey p*ssycat. Some veteran vajayjay.
BadChadB33 writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 10:29:07 AM

^ don't forget the gummy bear my friend.
Ranger writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 11:32:38 AM




CA$H


Rambo writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 11:45:18 AM

JJ WITH A BJ
Rambo writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 11:45:19 AM

JJ WITH A BJ
minkowski writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 12:01:27 PM

That timeless combination of pink and green?

Maybe she just batted her eyes and asked nicely instead.
Johnnyb writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 1:40:53 PM

Please JJ! Let me be your assistant director in any upcoming TV or movie project!
swoooop writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 2:03:50 PM

Damn!!
minkowski writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 2:42:22 PM

^^Oh hush. You know you want my d*ck.
swoooop writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 3:41:13 PM

Sure, but it is so smaaal.
minkowski writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 4:32:22 PM

Ah. So that WAS you peeping outside my window!
KillerCOck writes:
on February 2nd, 2013 at 8:22:02 PM

It was Bando actually. Vin Diesel told me about it.
johnny_boy writes:
on February 3rd, 2013 at 6:07:25 AM

Hey now. You're not saying no to anything when a women is giving you a convincing BJ without her teeth in.
j-man writes:
on February 3rd, 2013 at 6:44:49 AM

What bando said
CelluloidMan writes:
on February 3rd, 2013 at 4:56:10 PM

The thing is that Kennedy HAD to talk someone into this thing is the big point.

It's not like she was fighting them off or had the pick of the litter to choose from. As I've read this, many directing talents turned this down.

Wonder why?

They're big shoes to fill of the original trilogy, but I think it's INDIANA JONES and STAR WARS by Lucas of wanting total control was the reason many backed away from.

Abrams was the only was brave (or foolish) enough to take this on...with talented support.

I'd say Kennedy got a pretty good catch...

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