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J.J. Abrams reportedly agrees to direct ‘Star Wars 7′

- January 24th, 2013

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.J. Abrams has agreed to direct Star Wars Episode VII.

Along with Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Ben Affleck and David Fincher, the Star Trek director was one of the names being bandied around after Disney announced plans for a new trilogy last fall. Abrams even confirmed in an interview last month that he had conversations with producer Kathleen Kennedy about directing the new films, but turned it down.

“[T]here 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 told Empire (via Coming Soon). “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.”

Well it appears the force was too much for Abrams to resist, which most likely puts his future involvement with the rebooted Star Trek series in jeopardy.

The deal hasn’t been officially announced, but the film is due in 2015, with Episode VIII and IX following in three-year increments. So, Abrams will have to get cracking soon.

Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is writing the script, with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg penning the other two.

So, with that settled, what do you think of Abrams as Disney’s Star Wars choice? Good, bad, indifferent? Let us know in the comments.

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5 comments

  1. Chris in Victoria | January 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Leave it alone. Adding onto this franchise will only ruin it. The prequels were horrible.

  2. James | January 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

    is he really the right person for the job? hard to say. while i know that he’s been the producer for a ton of stuff, he really hasn’t directed much: 3 big screen movies (a fourth coming 2013), 12 tv episodes and some made-for-tv movie i’ve never heard of. that’s supposed to be enough to earn you the right to direct star wars? wow. then again, all 3 of his movies have rocked, and the upcoming star trek looks equally good. so ya, i’m on board. 2015 can’t come fast enough.

  3. Will | January 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Oh no, good grief, what’s he going to do to start the 7th movie, blow up the Death Star? Oh whoops, already done.

    Blow up Vulcan? Whoops, wrong movie.

    Oh I know, blow up Tattooine!!!

  4. François | January 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I think it’s fantastic. Every project JJ Abrams lends his name to is a success. I loved what he did with the Star Trek franchise and I think he’s the man for the job to resurrect Star Wars. Threre’s a whole galaxy to explore and I think he will do it justice. I can’t wait!!!

  5. Austenite | January 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I think a new Star Wars by Abrams would be great. But I find it hard to believe he’ll juggle both Star Trek and Star Wars. I think he might be looking to move on from Star Trek…which makes me worry about it’s future. It’s soo easy for a director to totally screw up the francise…remember Nemesis?

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