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Abrams To Direct Next Star Wars Film

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Although he once said that he would not do it, word is that J.J. Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars film for Disney.

“It’s [a] done deal with J.J.,” an unnamed source told Deadline today.

Last year, speaking to Empire Magazine at ComingSoon.net, Abrams admitted being in discussions about helming the next Star Wars movie, but said then that he preferred not to do it. “..There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things,” he said. “I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

Star Wars Episode VII is expected out in 2015. It will be written by Michael Arndt.

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25 thoughts on “Abrams To Direct Next Star Wars Film

  1. I have mixed feeling about this. I love Star Wars. But after seeing what he did with Trek I hope he doesn’t mess this up. Yes, I hate his Trek. I said it.

  2. This could be the best Star Trek news in a while. We’ll see, but I doubt he’ll have time for both Star Wars and Star Trek, so maybe they can get someone to run Trek that actually gets Trek. (Berman’s available!) JJ-Trek is not so good.

  3. Yeah, agreed, with everything except Berman. He told the Star Trek stories he had to tell… if he left anything in reserve, that’s his own fault. Nah, we need someone who loves Trek as much as JJ Abrams loves Star Wars. I don’t need to see Trek mutated into anything else, I want to see Trek be itself for the first time in a long time…
    Let’s agree with the producers and studio to pretend this was an alternate reality and all just move on…

  4. He loved SW so much he tried to turn James T. Kirk into a Han Solo anti-hero because of it… SW should be in fine hands. After all, I think that’s where he got his lens flare addiction.

  5. I hear the story idea is that Obi Wan goes back in time to save Anakin, but ends up blowing up Tatooine. Havoc ensues.

  6. I think it is great that J.J. Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars. It is something that he has wanted to do, and I think it will work out for him just fine. I wish him all the best in that future project.

    As to who will be involved in the third film’s production, as long as it is not Rick Berman, Ronald Moore, Brannon Braga, or anyone else who nearly dug Star Trek’s grave during that franchise fatigue period, I’m certain that Abrams has made the proper arrangements with Paramount to see who could fill in the director’s chair. Or he could end up directing the third film. Who knows?

    All the same, I wish J.J. all the best in his next step as a director and filmmaker.

  7. I have mixed reactions about this myself, mostly on the fact that as far as Star Wars goes, a new trilogy will either ruin the franchise or breath a much needed new breath in it. A friend complained to me when I went and saw the new Trek movie that at least we get a new movie. The one really good thing that may come out of this is a possible cross-over film that most of us would want to see.

  8. You do realize this is based on only one source? It’s amused me greatly to see how quickly the Web of a Million Lies has spread what amounts to an unconfirmed rumour from a single, unnamed source.

  9. Damn, you beat me to it. I was just about to say, isn’t he just wrapping up his second one?

  10. Um. I would not want to see that crossover yet again. It’s made me cringe every time I’ve seen it to date, in countless fanfics, comics and YouTube dreadfuls.

    However; I too have very, very mixed feelings about it.

    It could certainly be in worse hands than JJ’s. It could be in better, but better has already turned it down.

    Not to mention he’d certainly take his favorite script-shitting monkeys with him, Kurtzman, Orci, and Lindehof. I’m sure they’d be overjoyed at the chance to crap all over yet another fanboy wet-dream assignment. On the other hand, they do well on initial outings, and their blatant contempt for science, logic and continuity would fit Star Wars perfectly.

    On a final note; lens flares. Leeeeeennnnnnnsssss ffffffllllaaaaaaaaarrrrreeeesssssss.

  11. Oh I’d love to see that, but he’s just not “Hollywood” enough for this crowd. Look how they blew off all the experienced Trek designers – Eaves, Sternbach, Zimmerman, Jein, even Andy Probert – were all ignored in favour of half-assed hoshot Ryan Church.
    It’s not about if you “get” the material, it’s about if you bring the bucks.

  12. Bring in Manny Coto and Ira Behr. They love trek and both had a wellspring of ideas they never got to accomplish.

  13. I look at the two franchises quite differently. Star Wars is very epic; like David Lean epic. Sprawling, visual, one single story amid a universe of stories. Star Trek, to me, has always been… intimate. A single story next to another single story (and Action / adventure) that converge in a major conflict. After watching “Master & Commander” the other evening, yes, Trek is like Horatio Hornblower; very energetic, engaging. You have a good guy and a bad guy. Singular. Abrams brought that to his re-imagined Star Trek. The problem is; looking at his body of work, he does not tell epic stories well (look at Cloverfield). I don’t see a good fit with Star Wars.

  14. I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have direct the next Star Wars movies other than James Cameron, I hope this rumor is true.

  15. Put Joss Whedon in charge of the Star Trek franchise. He’s a smart, talented showrunner that would give Trek a true shot in the arm of intelligence, wit, insight, and creativity that would revitalize Trek without turning it into a dumb, substance-free special effects spectacle.

  16. Sooo much negativity. I’m looking forward to what he comes up with. I enjoy all incarnations of Star Trek including Abrams’ so I can’t wait to see what he does with the Star Wars franchise.

  17. Indeed it does. I concede my point, and sing the “Very Sorry” song, a traditional Klingon ritual of apology.

  18. Same could be said for Vic Mignogna, John Broughton, Michael Bednar, Dennis Bailey, Farragut Films, the Starship Farragut, Star Trek Continues, and the rest of the purists who keep slamming on Abrams for foolish reasons.

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