J.J. Abrams Is Pretty Devo He’s Not Directing ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’

Even as The Force Awakens continues to pulverise box-office records – topping US $700m globally at last count – and fans are hotly debating all possible theories, the cast and crew are already looking towards to the next Star Wars instalment, slated for release May 26, 2017.

Unfortunately, Star Wars director J.J. Abrams is apparently experiencing the opposite of buyer’s remorse over not directing signing up to direct the next one.

“He read it and said something he never, ever says,” lifelong friend and actor Greg Grunberg (who plays Temmin “Snap” Wexley in The Force Awakens) told The Washington Post, saying that Abrams said the script for Episode VIII was “so good” he wish he’d written it.

“He may have said something on time on ‘Lost‘, with Damon [Lindelof, co-creator on Lost], but I never hear film express regret like that.”

Instead, Rian Johnson – who picked up the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival – will be coming on to direct Star Wars Episode VIII, while Abrams is going to stick around as executive producer.

BTW, here’s the entire synopsis of the upcoming Star Wars film from IMDb:

Dontcha just love it?

(And If you’re cool with spoilers, check out the cast list on the IMDb page. Interesting, no?)

Story: The Washington Post.

Photo: Fred Duval / Getty.