After all, he did once claim to be done with sequels and big franchises.
Admitting that he had "no intention" of coming back to work on the franchise initially, Abrams revealed to CinemaBlend the reason for his return – and it might just surprise you.
Explaining what changed his mind, JJ said: "To tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in VII."
Part of the allure of heading back to Star Wars for JJ was also to do with giving the series' new characters "a final chapter". "It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up," he said.
"I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realise something that we hadn't quite achieved – and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story."
Before we get too excited about where Episode XI will take us – and its characters – we've got The Last Jedi to enjoy first, and there's really not long to wait until we can.
Which is just as well, because the film's latest TV spot showing Daisy Ridley's Rey with a new lightsaber has got us feeling very impatient indeed.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 14 in the UK and December 15 in the US.
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