Steven Spielberg Says JJ Abrams Is ‘Terrified’ of ‘Star Wars’ Pressure (Video)

“There’s a lot of pressure on J.J. to start paying Disney back for … the franchise they bought from George Lucas,” Spielberg says

Last Updated: December 14, 2015 @ 8:24 AM

Steven Spielberg told “60 Minutes” on Sunday that new “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams is “terrified” of the mounting pressure from re-establishing such a beloved franchise.

“Oh, J.J. is terrified,” Spielberg told the CBS news magazine show. “There’s a lot of pressure on J.J. to start paying Disney back for — you know, the franchise they bought from George Lucas.”

Abrams himself isn’t necessarily hiding from that fact either.

“There are moments of just abject terror as to what — what we’re all taking on,” he admitted in his own interview.

“You just know that there will be people, no matter what you do, that will have issues with some aspect,” Abrams explained. “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” zooms into theaters on Friday.

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