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J.J. Abrams Joins The Empire, Confirmed To Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’

J.J. Abrams Joins The Empire, Confirmed To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

Usually we'd be throwing up flags on this until Disney announces this thing themselves, but The Wrap and THR are both reporting that this is indeed legit and real, so let's get to it….

Reports say that negotiations with J.J. Abrams are far enough along that it's safe to say he'll direct "Star Wars: Episode 7." And yes, we know. It was just in November that the director pretty much took himself out the game when asked if he was interested in taking on the job. “Look, 'Star Wars' is one of my favorite movies of all time,” he said. “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big 'Star Trek' fan growing up, so for me, working on 'Star Trek' didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of 'Star Wars,' but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

But Abrams was pursued and wooed by Lucasfilm honcho Kathleen Kennedy and we suppose was made an offer he couldn't refuse. Of couse, Paramount might not be too happy if Abrams takes the gig since as he's the man behind their very successful reboot of "Star Trek." And should this be real we can't image the studio being thrilled that press rounds for "Star Trek Into Darkness" will essentially become non-stop questions about "Star Wars: Episode 7" unless that subject is strictly taken off the table (not that people still won't try anyway). Moreover, one wonders if we can ever live in a galaxy where nerds will be happy with the same director shepherding both "Star Wars" and "Star Trek." 

Ben Affleck was also apparently in contention for the gig as well, but it seems Abrams beat him to the punch. How do you feel about Abrams and "Star Wars"? Weigh in below.

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Comments

Leod

mmm overrated director, Joss Whedom or Alfonso Cuaron would have been a better choice.

cattt

Jar Jar Abrams already changed Star Trek into Star Wars. Maybe he should do the same thing here and change Star Wars into a boring, slow-moving film about space trade. Oh wait, Lucas already did that.

Unoriginal

Abrams directed Star Trek… Why would you want the same director to helm another iconic space adventure. I am really bummed. If anything, Duncan Jones would have been an interesting, more daring choice. What about someone like Nicolas Winding Refn? Or someone you wouldn't expect to direct this type of film, ala Skyfall did with Sam Mendes, say Derek Cianfrance. I know, all of these choices are just too risky, especially on a 4 billion dollar property. One can always dream…

Clay Castille

So Bryan Singer was kind of John the Baptist to JJ's Jesus.
Reaching?

Clay Castille

So Bryan Singer was kind of John the Baptist to JJ's Jesus.
Reaching?

kitcon

It would be interesting to see him basically have to erase from memory everything he did on Star Trek and come up with things that are distinctly Star Wars. Script is key.

DG

I can't really imagine Ben Affleck actually wanting to do this anyways. JJ is a good choice but I'm not a Star Wars authority by any means. Super 8 was good though.

Good Riddance

Good, get this guy away from Trek. Hopefully he will only be able to do one franchise at a time. He Wars-ified Trek, so I think he can do a good job with Wars — but in so doing he ruined Trek.

DHE

He's an Ok choice. Like Favreau he's not all too interesting but could do a great job. I'm hoping Brad Bird does eventually direct one.

This sucks

NOOOOOO! C'mon, we saw what he could do with this genre already. It was a'ight, but let's see something different.

MAL

I'm in! He's a talented director with an eye for "meaningful" action with strong character development. After seeing Super 8, one of my favourite films of the past couple of years, he definitely has a knack for capturing the spirit of late-1970's sci-fi.

Hoseph

Kind of an uninspired choice. He's already done the space, action-adventure thing twice with two Star Trek films. How is this going to be different?Z

TheoC

Best man for the job. His Star Trek is basically A New Hope with Luke growing up as Han.

Anyway, don't see it for Affleck.

I hope the script is really good now.

Alex

Obviously if they made an offer to JJ Abrams, Star Trek director, then there weren't a lot of other suitable candidates. JJ Abrams has a good degree of quality control, so the film is likely to be decent, but I also doubt it is going to be mindblowing or interesting or subversive. Though the Disney tag probably indicates that anyway. I guess they didn't want to bet their $4B acquisition on a more interesting director. They probably want to make a something like 'The Hobbit', where it makes $1B just because of the power of the brand, whether or not the film is actually any good.

rodie

I get the feeling Abrams is going to do just one Star Wars movie, Episode 7, and then go back to a third Star Trek to wrap up a trilogy on that series. Maybe he'll do more, but I'm doubtful. Matthew Vaughn and Ben Affleck would not be bad choices for Ep 8 and Ep 9. I imagine if Abrams knocks Ep 7 out of the park, many more directors will be lining up. I can imagine Chris Nolan wanting to do the Empire Strikes Back of this series, the darker middle chapter.

Daniel

I have no doubt that Abrams could make a great Star Wars movie – he's an extremely talented director. But I can't help wondering if this is the right move for him; how many sci-fi franchises does one need? How many can one person devote his full attention to? How (aside from financially) does Abrams actually benefit from this?

jon

"Nostalgia is my business," Abrams was quoted as telling journalists. "I always loved film as a youth, especially the incredible universe George created, but when I grew up I realized I had nothing particularly interesting to say. That's why Kathleen [Kennedy] and my friends at Disney thought I'd be a perfect fit for the franchise. I'm very excited to be able to bring the legacy of 'Star Wars' to a whole new generation of fans."

WHOAS

LENS FLARE FOR LIFE!

yer

LENS FLARE

Kate

I don't even dislike Abrams, but I don't want the same creative force behind both Star Wars and Star Trek franchises.

Cheyton

He is truly the best and only man for the job. I'm glad he finally came around.

Cpt. kirkwalker

Star trek/starwars CROSS OVER

faced?

Whoa! true?

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