Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Win Premiere Tickets
To see Mission: Impossible in Vienna.
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
03 July 2015
Latest Ant-Man Trailer Jumps Online
''We should call the Avengers...''
Podcast 168: Hayley Atwell
Agent Carter, at your service
Exclusive New Deadpool Image
Say hello to Negasonic Teenage Warhead
New Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Images
Chinny reckoning
Bryan Singer Teases New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue Cut Footage
'This is not just an extended edition...'
Exclusive First Trailer For Spanish Thriller Marshland
The acclaimed serial killer mystery gets a poster too
Mark Wahlberg Joins Mile 22
Iko Uwais and Ronda Rousey already aboard
Simon Kinberg Talks Deadpool
''It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo...''
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
10 June 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Headed To Comic-Con
J.J. Abrams and his cast will be in San Diego
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
18 December 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Super 8 (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Regarding Henry
Empire Star Rating
Filofax (1990)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Kathleen Kennedy Talks Star Wars
On JJ Abrams and George Lucas

31 January 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Star Wars logo

With news of JJ Abrams' recruitment to the helm of the new Star Wars still reverberating through fandom, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with producer Kathleen Kennedy for an in-depth chat about the newest Disney franchise, its director, and her working relationship with George Lucas.

First up, the recruitment drive. "JJ was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door," Kennedy remembered of the three-hour covert meeting she and her writers held with Abrams on December 19. The director had "very genuine concerns" about the impact a potentially overseas-based production might have on his family, not to mention the sheer pressure of piloting the Star Wars universe. "If there was any pause on JJ's part", said the producer, "it was the same pause everybody has - including myself - stepping into this. It's daunting."

Abrams, for his part, testified to those early reservations, and to the persuasiveness of Kennedy's sales pitch. "I learned first-hand how incredible and persuasive she is," he told THR. "The thing about any pre-existing franchise... I'd sort of done that. But when I met with Kathy, it was suddenly very tantalising."

Lucas's shadow, of course, still looms over the thrillingly rebooted franchise, albeit from a distance. In Kennedy's parlance, he's a Jedi knight offering sage advice and the filmmaking equivalent of mind tricks. "I call him my Yoda," she said. "He'll be a consultant. But he recognises he's stepping away. It took a lot for him to [do that]. And the fact that he turned it over to me - I think, 'Oh my God, I have a huge responsibility to him.' He did say, 'You just do what you do.' I said: 'OK. I'll figure out what that is'."

Here's Empire's thoughts on why Kennedy is already making the right calls.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Exclusive: New Poster For Side Effects
Soderbergh's latest gets serious
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

PLEASE LISTEN TO LUCAS, ABRAMS!
The prequels made clear Lucas is fucking awesome. All his inputs are what made those films fantastic. Quite simply hateboys seem to have forgotten what Star Wars is all about (hint: it doesn't shitty puppets & rapey assholes shooting first). So I pray that he is kept at a very, very, very close to this. Here's hoping Kennedy is listening closely to him. Imagine what would have happened if Luke listened to the Emperor (the hateboys) instead of Yoda (George Lucas). More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 02:09 on 01 February 2013 | Report This Post

PLEASE DON'T LISTEN TO LUCAS, ABRAMS
The prequels made clear Lucas has lost it. All his inputs were to the detriment of the films. Quite simply he seems to have forgotten what a good Star Wars story is (hint: it doesn't involve trade embargo debate). So I pray that he is kept at a very, very, very long distance from this. Here's hoping Kennedy is just paying lip service to him. More

Posted by launcelot at 20:23 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

2016 release date?
I'm not holding my breath, especially after the disaster that were the prequels (I, II, II). Wake me up when the first trailer arrives. More

Posted by nybras at 17:38 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

"JJ was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door." JJ should direct the next Spiderman flick with those abilities, not Star Wars. More

Posted by BenTramer at 16:17 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Mirror Match: 10 Movies Where Your Evil Twin Attacks
A new challenger enters… and it’s YOU (but with bad facial hair)

Please Explain! With Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Plus Emilia Clarke on pranks, smiles and 'The Robot'

Terminator Genisys: Empire's Verdict
It wants your clothes and your (re)boots

100 Greatest Movie Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)