J.J. Abrams is Officially Directing the Next Star Wars Movie (UPDATED)

J.J. AbramsHold onto your lightsabers and Death Stars, kids, because Internet reports have J.J. Abrams directing the next “Star Wars” installment for Disney.

The Wrap reports the news that Abrams has signed on to take over the franchise with Part 7, currently set by Disney for a 2015 release date. If Abrams has indeed signed on (Lucasfilm currently has no comment on the report), that means he’s going to have to jump from one major sci-fi franchise to another without a whole lot of downtime. Although it’s still two years away, a film like “Star Wars” will require an insane amount of pre-production, production, and post-production time.

Of course, Disney could always delay the 2015 release date if Abrams has indeed signed on and tells them he needs more time to do the movie right. After the, er, lackluster response to the three previous “Star Wars” movies (aka the prequels), it’s probably a safe bet that Disney won’t want to sully the brand further their first time out.

Abrams, of course, rebooted the “Star Trek” franchise in 2009, and is currently in post-production on the sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness”. He had previously said he would never direct “Star Wars” — not because he didn’t like the franchise, but because he loved it too much. This is not how Abrams approached “Star Trek”, which he liked, but didn’t love, so according to him, felt perfectly fine with completely retooling it.

Fanboys, no doubt, will love this news. Abrams has tremendous fanboy cred, with the “Star Trek” reboot, “Super 8″, and the third “Mission Impossible” movie under his belt, along with TV shows “Lost” and “Fringe” under his Bad Robot shingle.

Since it acquired “Star Wars” from Lucasfilm, Disney has quickly set “Star Wars” on the front burner. Screenwriter Michael Arndy is currently writing the seventh movie, which will jumpstart a whole new trilogy of films first begun by George Lucas in 1977.

UPDATE:

Variety is confirming that Abrams is, indeed, “closing” a deal to direct “Episode 7″. While Deadline adds that that it’s a “done deal”.

UPDATE 2:

Lucasfilm/Disney have released an official statement announcing J.J. Abrams as the director of “Star Wars: Episode VII”.

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Am I dreaming? I must be dreaming right? in what world did I get to see the Avengers, superhero movies done right, new star wars movies with JJ directing? Someone is doing something inception like on my mind right?

  • ErickKwon

    Nice, I’ll bet we see a teaser on “Godzilla”

  • Juggernaut

    For the first time since the news of a Disney produced Star Wars installment hit the web I’m genuinely exited! After seeing what he did with Star Trek I’m totally on board.

  • Cassidy

    expect a lot of lens flare

  • Urizen

    Oh crap… Is it too late to get Lucas back?

    • Lexavi80

      Uhhh… Why would anybody want Lucas back?

      • Urizen

        I find Abrams to be a mediocre director. In my opinion his Star Trek was on par with the Star Wars prequels in the sense that it’s certainly better than the first two but still not as good as Revenge of the Sith.

        Also, I’m not interested in seeing the same guy running both a series of Star Trek films and a series of Star Wars films concurrently(or even back to back). It seems redundant to me, particularly given how much Abram’s Star Trek was influenced by the Star Wars franchise.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I’m esxcited for this as I like Abrams’ style, and he definitely breathed a whole new life into Star Trek, so I’m kind of anxious to see what he does. That said I think Brad Bird would’ve been great too. I really enjoyed John Carter and at times it felt like it could be some SW film, visually at least.

    • X_p

      i think you were the only one who enjoyed carter! lol

  • http://twitter.com/doohsun Kiener

    I hope he changes the entire story line and get better actors lol.

  • schnydz

    darn! I was hoping he’d be pulled into a Mass Effect series. Oh well.

  • X_p

    i think super 8 was kinda terrible. but i did really really love Star Trek despite going through a terrible break up at the time. tmi being said I cant wait for this.

  • Lexavi80

    I hope this doesn’t mean he’s done with Star Trek. His version pulled me into Star Trek world! I don’t want him leaving the franchise!

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      Trekkies and Star Wars fans might be fighting over him soon.