J.J. Abrams Only Directed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ For One Telling Reason

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The general consensus is that J.J. Abrams did some very solid work rebooting and recreating the Star Wars universe with The Force Awakens. But what if he had turned down the job? According to The Times, he almost did.

In an interview to promote this week’s release of what is widely expected to be the biggest movie of the year, Abrams said he “didn’t want to be the guy who does sequels.” This sentiment makes sense somewhat, as Abrams has already directed two major...

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