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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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Writers set for ‘Star Wars’ VIII and IX

- November 21st, 2012

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Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have signed deals to write the eight and ninth instalments of the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As already reported, Episode VII is being written by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt. When Lucasfilm sold the Star Wars property to Disney last month, creator George Lucas provided detailed story outlines for subsequent films and spin-offs.

Kasdan is no stranger to the Star Wars franchise. He co-wrote Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in the 1980s. He also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark. He’s been a bit quiet over the past decade directing only two films in the 2000s – Dreamcatcher and last year’s Darling Companion.

Kinberg has been involved in the recent spate of X-Men films, writing X-Men 3: The Last Stand and the upcoming Days of Future Past.

Directors for the upcoming films, the first of which is due in 2013, have not yet been announced.

Are you happy with the writers that have been chosen to pen the new series? Let us know in the comments.

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