Filmmaker J.J. Abrams admits he nearly turned down the offer to direct Star Wars: Episode IX.
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After helming The Force Awakens, Abrams was relieved he had directed a film with his love of franchise still intact.
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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy convinced Abrams to return.
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Abrams realized helming the production was a chance to close the story he started in 2015.
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The risk of getting too close to the franchise he loved again was nearly a deal breaker, but his trust in Kennedy won him over.
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