It looks as though ‘Star Wars 7’ has been placed firmly in the hands of director J.J. Abrams… who apparently has the final say on what ends up on the big screen.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, the director of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ revealed that Disney has entrusted him with the final cut.
“Yeah, yeah,” he confirmed. “When you do a Disney project, there’s a clause in there that you kind of go, ‘Well, if I were a lawyer I could probably drive a truck through it….’.”
What does he mean by that?
Well, it’s likely that Abrams’ contract includes a clause which would allow Disney to wrangle back control of the picture, in the event of an unmitigated disaster. After all, it is a multi-billion-dollar franchise they’ve handed him.
But thankfully, it looks as though Abrams is right on target.
“I cannot say enough about how Bog Iger and Alan Horn have understood this thing that is now part of the Disney company,” he said. “And they’re not trying to Disney-fy it, they’re not doing anything other than, I think, an incredibly smart thing, which is letting Kathleen Kennedy — who is a remarkable person and producer — run and lead Lucasfilm to a place where I think it wants to go. They let us make the movie we wanted to make.”
Whether or not that’s a good thing depends on your view of J.J. Abrams… but after the success of his rebooted ‘Star Trek’ franchise and the rather spectacular ‘Super 8’, I can’t help thinking that there’s really nobody better to capture that old-school charm.
Of course, it’s not long before we’ll get to see Abrams’ final cut of ‘Star Wars 7’ on the big screen… and then we’ll get to see for ourselves. But it certainly sounds promising.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ heads to cinemas on 17 December 2015.
Picture Credit: Lucasfilm