J.J. Abrams had to breathe a little sigh of relief when it was announced that the Star Wars: Episode VII release date would be late 2015, instead of summer 2015. “I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in summer,” Abrams told MTV.
“Before I even came onto the project they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on -- which I understand. And I understand why they would want that. But it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. So, I think it’s a hugely important thing that [the creative aspect] come first. A release date’s great, but you have to release something great. To me, the new release date is a huge improvement.”
And when it comes to being creative, Abrams is having a blast writing the Star Wars Episode VII screenplay with Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan. “Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life,” Abrams admitted. “We’ve had a lot of fun working together. He’s an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer.”
The other thing about making Star Wars: Episode VII that would be a challenge for family man Abrams, was having to shoot it in London -- although, from the sounds of things, he’s coming around on that aspect as well.
“[Filming in London is] something that I’ve always intended to do, but I’m torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine,” Abrams said.
“Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for involved.”