Force Awakens’ runtime is revealed as J.J Abrams shows the film to Disney and calls it ‘horrifying’

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ runtime has been revealed, with THR reporting that the seventh installment will clock in at 136 minutes which gives it the exact same runtime as 1999’s The Phantom Menace.

J.J. Abrams showed the film to disney executives and has revealed what it was like screening his upcoming film to the studio and how he was “nervous beyond words”.

Abrams told the Howard Stern Show:

“We showed the first cut — which was still incomplete, a complete version of the movie but not the finished version — and we showed it to Alan Horn and Bob Iger and Alan Bergman, the three people at Disney who sat with me in the theater, and we screened the movie. And it was horrifying,”

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Much to Abrams’ delight, the studio bosses were pleased with what they saw, and the director said Disney’s positive response was “the biggest relief of my life.” although he did add: “I left and all I could think was, ‘What do they know? They spent $4 billion, they have to love it.’ Their response was so kind, I’m like, ‘They’re just being nice.”‘

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in US on December 18th.

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