The Force Awakens kicked off the most controversial trilogy in Star Wars movies, and he had every intention of turning it down.
J.J. Abrams, known for his work on the Star Trek movies as well as one of my favorite films, Super 8, Abrams had every intention of turning down Kenney’s offer to direct the next Star Wars film. However, Abrams stated he didn’t want to take on another franchise after doing Mission Impossible: III and Star Trek. Disney recently released a documentary called Secrets of the Force Awakens which discussed the making of the first Star Wars film since 2005.
"“When Kathy Kennedy called and asked if I’d be interested in directing this film, I fully intended to say no, because I’ve been involved in other movies that were sequels, and I just thought I didn’t want to do that again. But it was ‘Star Wars,’ and I knew Kathy.”"
Abrams, being a fan of the original movies, took on the director role for the first and third film and Gareth Edwards directed the second movie, The Last Jedi.
However, Kennedy stated that Abrams was immediately ready to take on the role as director, a statement that conflicts with Abrams story of events. All this being said, The Force Awakens set the ground work for what would be known as The Sequel Trilogy.
While some fans look upon the trilogy with distain, others look at it as an opportunity to enjoy new characters with their children.
Regardless of your feelings on the movies, there is no question that Star Wars’ fans are still alive and well as well as the gaming community at large. With hit games such as Respawn’s Jedi games and the much anticipated Star Wars: Outlaws. Then with Ashoka on the horizon, the Star Wars universe is seemingly expanding for the next generation.