However, that didn’t stop the merciless churning of the rumour mill over the last 24 hours. The story started yesterday when a blogger for Badass Digest (‘The world’s #1 source for all terrible butt news’) posted a story allegedly sourced from ‘several’ Abrams insiders.
The scuttlebutt suggested that the Super 8 director was on the verge of leaving Star Wars Episode VII on the grounds that he didn’t want to move away to London, where the majority of production is slated to take place next year.
There could be a crumb of truth to this, however.
Speaking at a conference in June, Abrams voiced his reluctance to make the move: “When I came into it,” he said, “there was already a prearranged thing for them to be shooting in England which, really does make me insane… There’s a whole lot of stuff happening at home. It’s not an easy thing.”
By the “whole lot of stuff”, he probably means his vast media empire that includes serving as Executive Producer on four network dramas, developing a number of films and overseeing the next Star Trek sequel. Abrams is, it would seem, a very busy man.
When reached for a comment by IGN, a LucasFilm representative responded briefly but definitively: “There is no truth to the rumour. JJ is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”
Disaster averted, everyone! Let’s go back to work!