NEW YORK — J.J.-Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” movie has turned down a deal to make a movie based on a book by the late novelist Larry McMurtry.
McMurtry’s novel “The Man in the High Castle,” published in 1982, was the first novel to be adapted into a feature film.
The film, which was due to be released in theaters in November 2019, was delayed until February of 2020.
On Tuesday, Abrams told The Associated Press that he turned down the deal.
“It wasn’t an option.
It wasn’t something that I wanted to do,” Abrams said.
When asked if he would do anything else with the rights, Abrams said, “I’m not sure, but no.”
McMurts book is not part of the “Star War” franchise.
He wrote that Abrams “isn’t the most popular director in Hollywood, but the guy is talented.
He’s very talented and very creative.”
McMilltries novel is also a favorite of Lucasfilm, which will make the next installment of the sci-fi franchise, “The Last Jedi,” based on the novel.