Fear Leads To Awesome: Why A Very 'Nervous' J.J. Abrams Is About To Make 'Star Wars' Magic

Abrams' friend and colleague Matt Reeves weighs in on the upcoming 'Star Wars' sequel.

With Reporting by Josh Horowitz

Director Matt Reeves knows a thing or two about terror.

As the filmmaker responsible for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and its untitled sequel, Reeves is in the thick of adapting one of his all-time favorite franchises for a mainstream audience with high expectations. The situation he's found himself in is not unlike the situation that his longtime friend and colleague J.J. Abrams is in now with "Star Wars: Episode VII" — but if Abrams is anything like Reeves, fans can expect the director's fear of the galaxy far, far away to yield some incredible results.

"I will say this: I haven't seen him this excited or this nervous in a very long time," Reeves told MTV's Josh Horowitz during the Happy Sad Confused podcast. "And when he gets that level of fear, it means he's about to do something exciting."

Reeves knows about Abrams' process from experience, having worked with the filmmaker on "Cloverfield" and the TV series "Felicity." And while he only knows the plot of Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars" movie in the "vaguest" sense, Reeves can very much imagine what it must be like to be the pilot of the proverbial Millennium Falcon.

"That was such an important film for me as a kid," said Reeves. "What must he be thinking, to be in that world? What a weird thing it must be to be in that world of films. It's so crazy."

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" arrives on July 17, and "Star Wars: Episode VII" arrives on December 18, 2015.

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