Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a prime example of when a studio hires the right person, with the right passion, for the right project. The latest entry in the Star Wars saga dominated the box office, making over $2 billion worldwide, becoming the third-highest grossing movie of all time, as well as the biggest Star Wars film. Super 8 director J.J Abrams was the perfect director to develop a new interpretation of Star Wars for a brand new generation. Times have changed, and yet we still love those goddamn Lightsabers…
In a new video from Variety, Abrams became the true fan he is, when he stepped in to interview Disney CEO, Bob Iger. In the discussion, the duo discussed working on a film of such size and scope as The Force Awakens. Of course, taking charge of a huge franchise like Star Wars must have been a tough ask, but in the interview below, you can see how Iger persuaded Abrams, saying this was not just an other film, this was Star Wars.
You can check out a transcript of the interview below:
Abrams: What is the normal operating system for you?
Iger: In my particular case, and I remember you and I having dinner, around the time you had decided you were doing this, or you were just considering it. (Laughs) I reminded you that it was a $4 billion dollar acquisition, I think it was $4 billion and 50 million.
Abrams: You said, “This is a $4 billion movie.” I remember when you said that, I thought, “Oh dear God…”
Iger: I think I was trying to say, “Listen kid, this isn’t just any movie…”
Abrams: Loud and clear.
Iger: Big responsibility, but that’s maybe the father in me. I was trying to say that to you, but I was also trying to telegraph, I don’t know if I was particularly subtle about it, but because of the size of the acquisition and what this first film represented in terms of importance, it’s not going to be treated like any old Disney film.
You can check out the video by clicking on the image below:
What do you guys think? Do you hope Abrams will return to a galaxy far, far away? I for one would love to see him take on a Star Wars Anthology film in the near future.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available now.