J.J. Abrams Is Sad He's Not Directing Any More 'Star Wars' Movies

by Alex Ungerman 4:57 PM PST, December 23, 2015
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J.J. Abrams is so happy with the Star Wars: Episode VIII script, he's sad he's not directing it!

The Force Awakens director's longtime friend, actor Greg Grunberg -- who is featured in the newest movie -- told The Washington Post that Abrams "said something he never, ever says" when reading the script: It's "so good," he wished he was the one directing the movie!

"I never hear him express regret like that,” added Grunberg, who starred in Abrams’ TV dramas Alias and Felicity. To Abrams’ credit, he is staying on for Episode VIII as an executive producer.

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As if our anticipation wasn't high enough already!

Rian Johnson (Looper) is directing Episode VIII, which is due out in 2017.

Of course, it's hard to imagine that Disney would not be dying to get Abrams as involved with the upcoming Star Wars movies as possible. Not only has The Force Awakens been seen as a critically acclaimed re-invigoration of the franchise, but after making $248 million on its opening weekend, the film broke basically all the records ever (plus that BB-8 droid will have our hearts forever).

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So cheer up, J.J.! And may the Force be with you.

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