For Kathleen Kennedy, knowing how to approach J.J. Abrams was key in getting him to say “yes” to directing the next Star Wars movie.
Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, had known Abrams since he was fourteen.
Even though Abrams had already passed on directing the movie, he was willing to meet with Kennedy last month at his Bad Robot offices. Kennedy’s plea was short and direct. “Please do Star Wars,” she asked.
And then she told him why he should be the next Star Wars director. She told him that Michael Arndt was writing the script, but also that Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi was on board to consult.
Abrams was “flipping out when he found out that Michael and Larry were on the movie already,” said Kennedy. “J.J. was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door.”