The Entertainment Weekly Fall Movie Preview has lots of stuff in it, but the big news is all the great new pics and info it has on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Along with the pics, there’s a little bit of behind the scenes info from Kathleen Kennedy on a conversation she had with Abrams before making the final decision to hire him as the film’s director.
“In the context of talking about story and laying out what we were thinking, I said one thing to him,” Kennedy recalls. “‘Who is Luke Skywalker?’” Abrams, who’s 49 now but was only 11 when the original Star Wars debuted in 1977, decided he needed to know the answer, even if he had to devise it himself. “He said, ‘Oh my God, I just got the chills. I’m in,’” Kennedy says. “I mean, it really was almost that quickly.”
Abrams also revealed that there was not a finalized story set in place when he took the job.
“[They] had just been hypothesizing and throwing out a bunch of what-ifs, but there was no story in place. It was, without doubt, a formidable assignment. There were so many options and so many paths that could be taken. Even when we were in debate — and sometimes it was frustrating and heated — it was always thrilling, because it seemed almost everywhere you looked there was something potentially extraordinary, which felt very much like the DNA of Star Wars itself.”