Everyone who hated the dreaded Mystery Box can rest easy, Abrams says he won’t do another Star Wars movie.
In an interview at Fortune, he explains why:
“It was a wonderful way to visit a place that meant so much to me and obviously so many,” Abrams said in an interview with Fortune at South by Southwest. “I knew that if it worked, it was the perfect time to step down – and if it didn’t, no one would want me to do it anyway.”
“I’m very happy to be where I am,” he says. “Rian Johnson [who is currently directing Episode Eight] is brilliant and needs no help from me. As executive producer, I’ve been collaborating with them, but they are obviously doing all of the heavy lifting and it’s very exciting to see what’s going on.”
We’re already seeing a lot more of behind the scenes stuff coming out from Episode VIII, and it’s not hard to say that if Abrams was directing it we wouldn’t be seeing anything. Him going away from Star Wars is a good thing, as fans won’t be starved for information while waiting for the movie to come out.