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J.J. Abrams Discusses Star Wars And The Mystery Box

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There is no question that J.J. Abrams is one of the hottest directors around right now. The announcement of Abrams taking the Star Wars directing job was mind blowing! With him now at the head of two huge sci-fi franchises, it’s worth looking back at what makes J.J. Abrams tick.

We all know Abrams has the pension for the dramatic, in terms of creating a certain element of suspense with his brand of storytelling. This is, of course, what he has called “the mystery box.” This is the central question his narratives revolve around. Below is J.J. Abrams’ TED Talk from 2007, where he describes the “mystery box” and how it relates to Star Wars.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Could Be Pushed Back To 2016

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Now that J.J. Abrams is officially on board for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, there should only be two short years before we get the chance to watch this movie in theaters. After all, we have a screenwriter and director announced for the project. But it seems like there might be a slight hiccup with Disney’s plan to release the new Star Wars movie in 2015. J.J. Abrams has not committed to that release date yet.

According to THR, the 46-year-old director “has not committed to that release date, meaning the date could be changed if the development process requires it.” In fact, in the official press release from Disney, there is absolutely no mention of the 2015 release date at all.

This isn’t the first time Abrams has pushed back a release date for a big blockbuster movie. After the success of the Star Trek reboot in 2009, Paramount Pictures wanted the sequel film as soon as possible and pushed to release it in 2012. Abrams didn’t want to rush the production, however, and opted for a 2013 release date instead. If history repeats itself, we could possibly see a 2016 release date for Episode VII.

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Star Wars Into Darkness Mash-Up Trailer

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Since J.J. Abrams has the power of both the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises at his command, there was bound to be some spill-over. Both properties have their fair share of fans and mythology, and now both have Abrams at the helm. It was just a matter of time before someone created a Star Wars and Star Trek mash-up video. And now it’s here! Here’s the new trailer for Star Wars Into Darkness

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J.J. Abrams WIll Stay On To Produce The Next Star Trek Movie

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Now that Disney has officially named J.J. Abrams as the new director for Star Wars: Episode VII, what will happen with Abrams’ commitments to Star Trek? The director successfully rebooted Star Trek in 2009, and later this year he will release its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. It looks like Abrams still has a good relationship with Paramount Pictures because Abrams will still stay on at least as producer for the next Star Trek movie.

According to the LA Times, Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore says that J.J. Abrams will continue to be part of the revived Trek franchise, although he may or may not direct. Furthermore, Abrams will also continue to be involved with and produce the Mission: Impossible movies for Paramount. “J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek,” Moore said.

We’re still waiting for Star Trek Into Darkness to be released in theaters, so it’s a bit premature to start discussing a possible Star Trek 3. But considering some feel Abrams stabbed Star Trek fans in the back by taking the Star Wars directing job, it’s interesting that he would return to the project as the film’s producer.

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Disney Makes It Official: J.J. Abrams Will Direct The New Star Wars Movie

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Well, it’s official! A few days ago, word got out that J.J. Abrams would follow up Star Trek Into Darkness by directing Star Wars: Episode VII. This news created a new division between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans everywhere. Now Disney has made it official and released an announcement featuring the thoughts of Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas.

It’s still hard to imagine J.J. Abrams will make a new Star Wars movie, only years after he rebooted the Star Trek series. His work with the Star Trek series led Kennedy and Lucas to bring on J.J. Abrams on as the new Star Wars director.

‘It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,’ said Kennedy. ‘J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.’

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J.J. Abrams/J.H. Wyman Pilot Is A Go At Fox

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In the future, no one will have to think about whether or not to produce a J.J. Abrams project, because J.J. Abrams will be the head of every company, creating everything himself. And then the cloning will begin.

Back in September, Abrams and his fellow Fringe writer and producer J.H. Wyman brought an untitled sci-fi drama to FOX, who committed to making a pilot at some point in the future. The future is now, and the pilot order is in. The pilot has already been written by Wyman, and has been described as an action-packed buddy-cop show, set in a near-future that partners LAPD police officers with highly evolved, human-like androids. Not sure how near a future this is going to be unless the partner is incredibly creepy looking, lacks the smoothness of human motion, and isn’t capable of independent thought. But somehow, I bet the partner is going to be an attractive male or female.

Wyman will also be serving as executive producer for the Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot project, along with Kathy Lingg and Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk. They don’t specify who will step in and cancel the show just as its cult status peaks, but you can bet that person is lurking around, rubbing his hands together gleefully. Abrams has another project with Alfonso Cuarón still in casting mode on NBC, the “hunt the girl with powers” drama tentatively titled Believe.