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J.J. Abrams Is Directing Star Wars: Episode VII

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Well, this ought to make the comments section lively tonight. Ever since the Disney/Lucasfilm buyout was announced at the end of October, the biggest question of all has been, who will direct it? Now we know: it’s reported that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, meaning he’ll soon have two of the biggest franchises of all time on his resume.

The news comes by way of The Wrap, who cite “an individual with knowledge of the production.” They also say that Ben Affleck, who has helmed films such as Argo, The Town, and Gone Baby Gone, was one of the close contenders as well.

Abrams’ name has been one of the most speculated over these past few months, but it was considered unlikely since he’s currently playing in Gene Roddenberry’s sandbox with the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness. Does this mean the inevitable next Trek sequel will be handed off to somebody else? That would certainly put a smile on the fans who don’t like Abrams’ brand of Trek. Or could he actually be planning to play in both universes? At this point he’s only being mentioned for Episode VII, so there’s no telling whether Disney wants him to stay on for the entire new Star Wars trilogy.

The good news is that Abrams might be a better fit for Star Wars than Star Trek. He has said in interviews that he wasn’t much of a Trek fan before taking that directing gig, but Star Wars was definitely something he grew up loving.

I never go into any movie hoping for it to fail, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Into Darkness will be as good as the trailers make it look, and that Episode VII will restore some of the luster the franchise lost in the midst of prequels and special editions and Jar Jars.

Love him or hate him, there can now be no question: J.J. Abrams is one of the most powerful people in show business, and he looks to continue occupying that throne for a long time to come.

Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to release in 2015.

UPDATE: The Wrap’s original story is now being confirmed by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline. Sounds like it’s a done deal, folks.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.scott.bailey Greg Scott Bailey

    Wait, I thought Abrams turned down Wars because of his “loyalty” to Trek at the moment? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining if this turns out to be true.

    Of course if this happens, then I say put Abrams in charge of a new Stargate movie too. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomasanthonyevans Thomas Anthony Evans

    I literally don’t believe it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eddie-Boot/521607168 Eddie Boot
    • Brian H

      hahahahahahaha, you read my mind!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.e.mccurdy Andrew Danger Mccurdy

    this news does not displeases me :)

  • Nospam Rodriguez

    You want comments? FIX YOUR FRAKKING WEB LAYOUT SO PHONE BROWSERS CAN SEE EVERYTHING!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004282560816 Matt Smith

      Phone ? Smartphone ? iphone ?
      All is well in opera mobile, dolphin, chrome, firefox on android.

      • Bhak1

        The photos are always screwed up for me when I view the site on my iPhone as well

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.flynnau Matt Flynn

    Fuck no! Star Wars with bloody lens flares? No thanks!

    • Dano

      Shaky-cam AND lens flares. I’m not diggin’ on this choice. And I LOVE Star Wars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sbrooks1973 Steve Lee

    don’t cross the streams man

    Abrams chose his park, to deviate would be to sully both.

  • CommentLost

    This is a little uncomfortable. Considering how he just plays willy-nilly with canon and does what he wants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/baron.breitenstein Baron Breitenstein

    So Jar Jar Abrams himself. Lucas is a genius. Somehow he knew he could sell it to someone who would put it in the hands of Abrams who will in turn make the prequels look like Citizen Kane.

  • Rev

    Won’t be seeing this one…

    • Sam

      how can you say that? You know nothing about it. I find your lack of faith disturbing

  • Sam

    This is the greatest thing to ever happen to Star Wars since Empire Strikes Back! J.J. Abrams is the perfect man for the job. As for all the idiot lens flare comments… there really weren’t that many. Grow up. I know Abrams pissed off a lot of people by actually bringing Star Trek back to life after abysmal tv series and a bunch of mediocre movies… but come on! He brought star trek back to life. If he can do the same for star wars then I will be thrilled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AaronKelly81 Aaron Kelly

    Sad Truth:

    Anything can be made better than the prequels, except the Catwoman movie and Wild Wild West.

  • Brian H

    “It seems that in your anger you sold your franchise to Disney and they hired JJ Abrams to direct Episode VII”
    “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”

    In all seriousness… I’m a bit concerned but I also think things could be worse. I actually really like Abrams’ Trek. I think he did a great job of rebooting a franchise that had gotten stale. Star Wars however is not being rebooted- it is being continued and we don’t need or want a radical departure in style as we saw with Trek. Conversely, looking at it’s tone and style, I really liked Super 8- it had a very “early Spielberg” feel that I really enjoyed. Plot-wise? I thought it was garbage and the conclusion was extremely disappointing. I never got into Lost to really be able to judge it.

    I honestly would have felt much better with Del Toro, Bird or Wheadon but it is what it is. At the very least we didn’t get Bay, Rattner or Emrich!

  • Jim

    OK, Lens flares notwithstanding, My main beef is the incongruity of the size of the ship and the lighting of the bridge….Too Bright!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Mc-Donald/1205872108 Lee Mc Donald

    NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!