He directed the first films of the newly rebooted Star Trek series, but did not return for the third. Now we've seen him direct one of the biggest movies in history, but will not return for the follow up.
It was a wonderful way to visit a place that meant so much to me and obviously so many,” Abrams said the 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.
He is currently still in line to execute produce the next two installments in the Star Wars saga. From what the interviewer noticed, it is something he is very happy with.
I’m very happy to be where I am,” he says. “Rian Johnson 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.
It's not like he is not keeping busy after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams is also currently being credited as executive producer on HBO's reboot series Westworld. Which is based on the 1973 movie with of the same name that takes viewers to a theme park full of artificial beings.
It's sad to see a director with the vision of a J.J. Abrams not directing the next Star Wars film, but it is great to hear that he is still involved.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release on December 17, 2017
Credits: EW - Fortune.com