Steven Spielberg: 'Star Wars' Pressure Has J.J. Abrams "Terrified"

Steven Spielberg on 60 Minutes.
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"There's a lot of pressure on J.J. to start paying Disney back for the franchise they bought from from George Lucas."

J.J. Abrams has a lot on his mind as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally set to open this week. 

In a 60 Minutes segment broadcast Sunday, Steven Spielberg talked about the enormous pressure on Abrams to not just deliver a home run, but rather a grand slam with the latest, highly-anticipated installment of the beloved space adventure series. 

"Oh J.J. is terrified,"  Spielberg told Bill Whitaker. "There's a lot of pressure on J.J. to start paying Disney back for, you know, the franchise they bought from from George Lucas."

Disney bought the Star Wars franchise from Lucas in 2012 for $4 billion dollars. 

Abrams also touched on the subject while talking with Whitaker.

"You just know that there will be people, no matter what you do, that will have issues with some aspect," he said. "You just know there is some number that is being thrown out there that will not be hit. You just know."

Still, the film is expected to be a smash hit. More than $50 million in advance ticket sales were recorded a month before the opening.

Experts said The Force Awakens' tracking suggests the film could make $2.7 billion profit. 

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