J.J. Abrams isn’t a person who shrinks from a challenge. After overseeing the reboot of the Star Trek film franchise, he took the reins to steer movie goers back to that galaxy far, far away, directing and executive producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
He’s not someone who likes to stay too long in one place, either. And that’s why it’s unlikely he’ll helm any upcoming Star Wars films.
“It was a wonderful way to visit a place that meant so much to me and obviously so many,” Abrams said in an interview with Fortune at South by Southwest. “I knew that if it worked, it was the perfect time to step down – and if it didn’t, no one would want me to do it anyway.”
One doesn’t just walk away from the biggest film franchise of all time, of course. Abrams remains executive producer of Star Wars Episodes Eight and Nine. And that position suits him just fine. Read more