Star Wars fans woke up on Wednesday morning to bone chillingly bad news as a rumor from Badass Digest suggested that director J.J. Abrams was leaving the director’s chair for Star Wars Episode VII. However, before you start throwing yourself into the Sarlacc Pitt, Lucasfilm has come forth to openly deny the rumor, saying Abrams couldn’t be happier on the picture.
“There is no truth to the rumor,” Lucasfilm said in a statement put out in direct response to the bogus rumor. “J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”
At the time, there were rumblings around the world including at Comic-Con that suggested Abrams was leaving the project, which immediately raised eyebrows as the director has stated numerous times that this is his dream project. Once the rumor sunk into the earth of Comic-Con, everyone was coming up with Disney conspiracy theories about how the company’s commercialistic approach to everything would ruin the film.
That’s not to say George Lucas wasn’t commercialistic, it’s just the recent bombs Disney has put out hasn’t instilled faith in the Star Wars community. Abrams was the only saving grace and if he would have left the picture, the negative attention drawn to the new film would be exponentially high.
But Abrams isn’t leaving Star Wars Episode VII so Star Wars fans need not fear. The film is still slated to come out in the summer of 2015 which is a summer shaping up to be one of the best we’ve seen in a very long time.