Steven Spielberg Says J.J. Abrams Is 'Terrified' About 'Star Wars'

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg

Director Steven Spielberg, who recommended J.J. Abrams to Disney to take the helm of the “Star Wars” franchise says the expectations for the filmmaker are overwhelming.

After the Mouse purchased the rights to “Star Wars” from George Lucas nearly three years ago for $4 billion, Abrams was tapped to create a sequel that would turn a profit. “The Force Awakens” had a nearly $200 million budget.

“Oh J.J. is terrified,” Spielberg told Bill Whitaker during an interview on “60 Minutes” on Sunday. “There’s a lot of pressure on J.J. to start paying Disney back for, you know, the franchise they bought from from George Lucas.”

Admittedly, Abrams recognizes that he won’t be able to please all fans. “You just know that there will be people, no matter what you do, that will have issues with some aspect,” he said. “You just know there is some number that is being thrown out there that will not be hit. You just know.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens Dec. 18.

Watch a preview of the segment below.