Here's a snippet of what the director had to say (via ComicBookMovie.com):
It's infinitely a better situation now than when [Disney] were saying they wanted it in summer.
He elaborated that the release date for Star Wars: Episode VII which is now December 18, 2015, was apparently set:
Before I even came onto the project, [Disney] was talking about 2015, and they made this announcement very early on. Which I understand why they would want that, but it didn't necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where it was creatively. So I think that it's a hugely important thing that that come first. And a release date, great, but you have to release something great. So, to me the new release date is a huge improvement.
Watch the Director in conversation here with MTV's Josh Horowitz, which also captures his awkward but equally hilarious 'Jar Jar Binks' imitation (Abrams' reaction is priceless):
When quizzed about the return of R2-D2, Abrams response is:
How do you do Star Wars without R2-D2?
MTV probed the director further asking if it involved a 'package deal' including both R2-D2 and C-3PO, though Abrams managed to deflect the question in a rather ambiguous way with 'they have different agents'.
So what does this mean for C-3PO? Can you imagine the duo divided or do you think this would be a big mistake? Or perhaps the director isn't alluding to this at all. What do you make of his comments?