When it comes to the pre-production stages of Star Wars: Episode VII, one might think that director J.J. Abrams would have a wall of televisions surrounding him with all six Star Wars movies playing at the same time, while George Lucas is on speakerphone, spouting out random bits of story insight and advice. But this is not the case. Well, we don’t know how many TVs Abrams is surrounded by, but Lucas hasn’t been much of a presence just yet.
After winning the Outstanding Special Class Animation Daytime Emmy for Clone Wars — complete with Carrie Fisher referencing taking acid — Lucas told Access Hollywood that he thinks Abrams taking the Star Wars torch is great, because he doesn’t have to worry about those guys anymore. However, he also revealed that he hasn’t spoken with Abrams yet. “He’s been busy with Star Trek, and I’m sure that he will let me know when he’s got some questions. So, you know, that’s all going well. Kathy tells me it’s working out great.” That would be Kathy Kennedy, the most recent head of Lucasfilm. Since Abrams is pretty much done with Star Trek Into Darkness, he only has Episode VII to worry about. (At least from a directing standpoint, since Bad Robot has about 7,000 other film and TV projects in development.)
Abrams said a few months back that Lucas’ feedback will definitely play a part in his franchise-expanding efforts, so you can bet we’ll be sharing a few thousand more stories with you involving the pair getting shit done together.
Check out the full post-show interview with Lucas below, and remember never to count your chickens before they’ve been Force hatched.