Abrams speaks to Variety about his upcoming Hulu series, 11.22.63. The series is a screen adaptation of the Stephen King novel and stars James Franco, Josh Duhamel, T. R. Knight, and Chris Cooper. While some changes have been made from King’s original novel, Abrams says that the changes have been approved by the author.
They were necessary and he saw that.
In a red-carpet interview, Abrams says Luke Skywalker’s non-appearance in the trailers and poster is deliberate.
These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answers. It’s no accident…We were all thrilled that the trailer was seen and embraced, especially [from] people who were saying that they’re not even fans of Star Wars, but they’re interested in seeing this thing now. It’s a testament to all the amazing work that this cast and crew have done.
Lucasfilm releases the official trailer for The Force Awakens.
Lucasfilm releases the second trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the annual Star Wars Celebration event held in Anaheim, California.
Abrams accepts the ALS challenge from Stephen Spielberg and nominates Greg Robert and Stephen King.
The cast for Star Wars: Episode VII is announced. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga – Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Director J.J. Abrams says
We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.
Abrams discusses his new project, an interactive novel entitled S, in which two readers leave notes for each other in the margins in this interview for PBS.
So what occurred to me was what would happen if someone found a book and there was a bunch of writing in it, and the person read some of the book and read some of the notes and, almost as a joke, wrote some notes in response, and then left the book back for the person. What if that person who originally wrote the notes found the book, saw those notes, and actually left a thing? What if a relationship began between two people through a book? What if a book became a means to communicate?
Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams are announced to be writing the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII. Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, says
I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.
Abrams returns as a guest on Conan to promote his film Star Trek Into Darkness. He also talks about a deleted scene featuring a showering Benedict Cumberbatch and promises O’Brien that he will include the expression “jub-jub” in the next Star Wars movie.
It’s like the “in” joke thing with people who I work, hiding, R2-D2 is hidden in the movie. A beverage called Slusho, all of these stupid little things, if you care to look for it, you’ll find them.
Kathleen Kennedy announces that Abrams will be direct Star Wars: Episode VII.
It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.
To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.