What happens at Comic-Con clearly doesn’t stay at Comic-Con. After unconfirmed rumors emerged from the gathering over the weekend that director J. J. Abrams might be rethinking his gig as director of the “Star Wars: Episode VII” re-boot, Lucasfilm was quick to set the record straight.
“There is no truth to the rumor,” Lucasfilm said in a statement on Monday about the stories that Abrams was possibly dropping out of the gig of a lifetime. “J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”
Actor Harrison Ford, who knows a bit about the “Star Wars” universe after his stint in the original trilogy, put his muscle behind Abrams during a chat with MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con. Though he was adamant about not discussing whether he’ll be back in the Han Solo togs for the film, Ford said Abrams was absolutely the guy for the gig.
“I think he’s a great storyteller … he’s developed an enormous filmmaking skill,” said Ford. “I think it’s a daunting project and he’s the kind of guy that can take on huge challenges and deliver … Wonderful guy, really happy that he’s involved in the movie, even if I’m … not.”
Back in March, Abrams finally broke his silence on “Star Wars,” saying he has a “guttural passion” for the movies that he loved while growing up.
“I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project,” he said. “The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”
The seventh movie in the series is being written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Toy Story 3″) and being shot at England’s historic Pinewood Shepperton Studios. The film is slated for release in 2015.
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