Even if you don’t know who Kathleen Kennedy is, you’ve probably seen, and loved, one of her movies. She is best know for producing movies like Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones films and Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future trilogy, as well as a host of other hits and Oscar winners.
Now Kennedy has been tasked with bringing us the next three films in the Star Wars saga. Fortunately for her, and us, Kennedy managed to convince JJ Abrams (LOST, Star Trek) to direct the next episode in a galaxy far, far away.
So, how did Kennedy manage to get Abrams, who was understandably daunted at being entrusted with one of his favorite and most influential films series?
It turns out she just said, “”Please do Star Wars.” At least, that’s how the talks started, followed up by a three hour meeting on December 19th, after which Kennedy says, “”J.J. was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door.”
“If there was any pause on J.J.’s part, it was the same pause everybody has — including myself — stepping into this,” she says. “Which is, it’s daunting.
“We spent a lot of time talking about how meaningful Star Wars is and the depth of the mythology that George has created and how we carry that into the next chapter.
“Our goal is to move as quickly as we can, and we’ll see what happens. The timetable we care about is getting the story.”
What does that mean? It means Kennedy and Abrams are prepared to push Episode VII back from it’s 2015 release just to be sure the films is as good as it needs to be.
No complaints here. Lets get this one right and bring the series back to it’s former glory. Fortunately with Kennedy producing, Abrams directing, Michael Arndt scripting and Lawrence Kasdan consulting, Star Wars seems to be in some very good hands.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter