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

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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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  • Arthur

    J.J. Abrams directed “Super 8″ and “Star Trek” and I enjoyed both of them. He also produced Matt Reeves’ “Cloverfield”. So I have confidence in the guy. Only time will tell though.

    • Lexavi80

      Hehe! Maybe. Not me though. I grew up loving Star Wars, until my love was crushed with the prequels. Then J.J. came and his Star Trek engage me so much that now I’m currently watching the original series in Blu Ray (something I thought I’ll never do), and loving it every second.

      Abrams can do wonders with Star Wars, just don’t get him away from Star Trek.

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        My name is Aegon, and I’m a proud fan of the prequels.

        • Lexavi80

          Greetings Aegon!

          What do you like the most about the prequels?

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Ok I might be biased cause I grew up with them in the same way kids from the 70s grew up with the original trilogy (which I love too btw).
            Episode 1 Qui Gon Jin and young Obi-Wan. The fight with Maul, the introduction of Palpatine. Episode 2 seeing how Palpatine manipulates everything, Boba and Jango Fett, the fucking clones!
            Episode 3 everything! By far my favourite Star Wars film! That opening is the greatest of all time!
            Plus overall I just love the time period more than that of the original trilogy.

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

        Prequels were great storywise, but Lucas’ bad direction, and some bad writing kinda killed them. Action was good, especially the Obit Wan and Qui Gon vs Maul, and the Obi Wan vs Anakin fights. I just see them as stepping stones for the Clone Wars series which is absolutely fantastic.

        • Lexavi80

          Not sure if I would chose the word “great” regarding the story, but I must say I thought (and still think) it was a great idea to bring Anakin story. His rise and fall.

          I guess you must be referring to the concept or the outline for the prequels, which, like I said before, I think was a brilliant idea.

          The story, screenwriting, direction, production, effects, acting and so and so… well… Not a fan.

          Dedpool, I consider you one of the wisest and coolest guys around, so I want to share this with you:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKtZmQgxrI

          If you’ve seen it, you know my feelings exactly. If you haven’t, I encourage you to watch this Episode I review. It might be an eye opener…

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

            Yes I was referring to the concept. The execution not so.much except the lightsaber battles and Mace Windu. Lol. I have issues with all three but the second is the one I dislike the most. That’s why I like the Clone Wars show so much, it’s what the prequels should’ve been.

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

            I personally appreciated the fact that George Lucas somehow gave life to trees and taught them how to act. That was awesome.

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

            Lmao I know right. Both incarnations of Anakin were kinda wooden! And then they turned him into a whiny bitch! Ugh! James Franco would’ve rocked that part had he not been stuck in the Spider-Man films.

          • Urizen

            Referencing 6:54 in the video.

            Give me a break. I’d like to see anyone actually describe Luke Skywalker, as he appears in a New Hope, without reference to any physical attribute, or any events of the film, mentioning ONLY general personality traits. He’s such a generic, whitebread cypher that he makes Qui-Gon Jin look like Tyler Durden.

          • Lexavi80

            Not sure if I agree with you.

            Describe Luke Skywalker without his occupation and how he physically looks like:

            Naive, daydreamer, heartwarm, melancholic, adventurous boy.

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

    Kinda wondering where they’re going with these? The books were said to be canon, so now what? Are we getting adaptations of those.

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      Well the books and comics are always C canon, meaning anything that happens on screen that contradicts it is automatically considered canon. Eg. Evan Piell dies in the clone wars series, but originally he died a few weeks after Order 66 in one of the novels. Adi Gallia originally died at the hands of Grievous, but in the Clone Wars she dies fighting Maul and Savage.

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

        Actually not in the Star Wars universe. Lucas.has had say on what is and isn’t canon. But that scene that you speak of was a deleted scene. I’m just wondering where the new movies will pick up, and if they will try to incorporate them in some way like use the major points but still do something different, kinda like book adaptations are different from the films a bit.

        • Aegon the Conqueror

          No no not Shaak Ti, she dies much later on fighting Vader’s Secret Apprentice. Adi died in the Clone wars comics at the hands of Grievous, but her canon death is in the first episode of season 5 of the Clone Wars.

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

            Ooooh. I never read the comics.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Are you telling me I know more than the vaunted Dedpool on a topic of geek proportions? This is a day I’ll tell my children about.

          • Lexavi80

            HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

            Aegon, you are indeed The Conqueror!!

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

            LMAO!! It is true, I’ve fallen off on my SW geekdom (sadly as it is the first true thing I geeked out on!) but I still have great love for the franchise and it’s history, I just don’t know as many itricate details. That said I’m still wondering what will happen with these. A friend pointed out that since the rights were sold Disney can say that the books and expanded Universe are NO LONGER canon and can do what they please. I’m hoping like I said above they at least use major character created and storylines with some changes.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            As long as they never ever cut Mara Jade Skywalker! Or Cade! Jaina and Jacen Solo, Kyle Katarn, Knurk,…oh fuck I’m probably gonna move into a basement somewhere in the wilderness gathering hunting rifles and molotov cocktails, planning my revenge on disney, aren’t I?

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

            I hope not. I know all those characters but the last one. I’m not too worried, I mean look at how hands-off the mouse has been with Marvel. If anything they’ll respect fans and still find ways to surprise us.

  • Juggernaut

    Thall Joben or GTFO!!!