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The Star Wars: Episode VIII script is so good, J.J. Abrams regrets not directing it

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Little is known about Star Wars: Episode VIII, except that it's going to be directed by Rian Johnson and that the script is so good, J.J. Abrams reportedly regrets not signing onto the project.

This little tidbit of information comes from one of Abrams closest friends and collaborators Greg Grunberg (who also happens to play a pilot in The Force Awakens). According to an interview with Grunberg in the Washington Post, Abrams read the script for the eighth movie and thought it was so good that he regretted not signing on to direct the movie.

"He read it and said something he never, ever says," Grunberg said. "He said, 'It's so good, I wish I were making it.'"

Grunberg added that while Abrams may have said something similar to Damon Lindelof while Lost was on the air, he had never heard Abrams express that level of regret over a project.

The fact that Abrams has a sense of regret is interesting in and of itself, as it implies that Abrams was originally approached to direct more than just The Force Awakens.

Still, the director can rest easy knowing that his movie isn't just a box office success, but has already been nominated for a Critics Choice award and was heralded as one of the best movies in the franchise by various critics.

You can read Polygon's review of the movie here.