When Disney first announced their intentions to film a new Star Wars trilogy, J.J. Abrams was honest that he didn’t plan on directing one of the new movies. He already had a lot on his plate with film and television — not to mention gearing up for the release of Star Trek into Darkness. But that didn’t stop president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, from trying to persuade the director to get involved.
Kennedy met with Abrams to discuss Disney’s daunting endeavor, and led with a perfect, “Please do Star Wars” plea. And if that wasn’t enough, she told Abrams of two screenwriters involved that immensely piqued his interest: Oscar winner Michael Arndt, and Lawrence Kasdan, whose work you might have heard of before — Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive article on Kennedy you can read HERE. It made me a lot more optimistic for the new Star Wars trilogy.