J.J. Abrams Suggests ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Offs Depend On ‘Episode VII’ Success

In the months that followed the big announcement that there would be more “Star Wars” movies, every subsequent press release seemed to hint there would be lots and lots more “Star Wars” movies. There was the Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett spin-offs, plus talk of a “Seven Samurai” remake with Zack Snyder. Then Disney said that we can expect a movie every summer starting in 2015, all before a frame of the first movie, “Episode VII,” has been shot. Things appeared to be moving at the speed of light.

But what if “Episode VII” was a complete and utter failure? It’s extremely unlikely, but that would definitely put a squash on the spin-offs and standalone movies. When MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with J.J. Abrams in London during the press junket for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the director suggested that plans for follows-up hinged on the success of “Episode VII.”

Read what he had to say after the jump!

“We’re focusing right now on this because this movie feels like this is the one that has to work for anything else to work,” Abrams explained.

Abram continued to say that any discussions that have been had about other films in the franchise were almost out of necessity and respect to the larger universe.

“There are discussions about what would happen later and how to make this thing and to tell tell story, you can’t look at it in a binary way,” Abrams said. “It’s obviously part of something much greater. To talk about those off-shoot films, that’s something have to talk about with Kathleen Kennedy.”

“Star Trek Into Darkness” opens on May 16.