Asked at the premier for historical epic Lincoln whether he’d be interested in directing the new Star Wars trilogy, Steven Spielberg told Access Hollywood, “No! No!Â Itâ€™s not my genre. Itâ€™s my best friend Georgeâ€™s genre.”
“Look,” said Abrams, “Star Wars is one of my favourite movies of all time. I frankly feel that â€“ I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didnâ€™t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
Favreau was a bit more evasive, saying, “I think both JJ and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man â€“ so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional â€“ whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it.
“I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. Weâ€™ll see.”
The completeÂ Star WarsÂ saga (so far!) is availableÂ on Blu-ray priced ÂŁ56.79 from Amazon.co.uk.