J.J. Abrams regrets not signing up to direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'.
The 49-year-old filmmaker - whose 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opened in cinemas last week - has admitted he's gutted he didn't agree to helm the next instalment as well.
Abrams' close friend Greg Grunberg - who plays X-Wing pilot Snap Wexley in Episode VII - told The Washington Post: "He read it and said something he never, ever says.
"He said, 'It's so good, I wish I were making it.' He may have said something one time on 'Lost' with Damon [Lindelof], but I never hear him express regret like that."
Rian Johnson - who is best known for directing the films 'Brick' and 'Looper' - is to take over from Abrams and was given early cuts of 'The Force Awakens' to help ease the transition.
And although he will not be taking charge on set, Abrams is still on board upcoming 'Star Wars' projects as executive producer.
Meanwhile, Daisy Ridley - who plays Rey in the 'The Force Awakens' - has also teased that the script for Episode VIII is excellent.
She said previously: "It's very good; very good."