LucasFilm is denying reports that have been circulating that Star Wars: Episode VII director J. J. Abrams could possibly be jumping ship from the highly anticipated sequel.
In a statement quoted by the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, an unnamed spokesperson stated –
There is no truth to the rumor. J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.
Rumors of Abrams possible departure had been swirling for some time, reaching a head this past weekend during San Diego Comic Con. Fueling the possible defection was the fact that the studio was adamant that the film be shot at London’s Pinewood Studios, necessitating Abrams being away from his family for several months. Abrams had also suggested that the announced 2015 release for the film might not allow him enough time to produce the movie the way he would normally like to.
So that appears to be that. For right now, at least. We’ll see what happens in a few weeks when at Disney’s D23 Expo when LucasFilm is expected to make a presentation on the new film.