After the mind blowing news that Walt Disney had purchased Lucasfilm, speculation on who the House of Mouse would choose to direct Star Wars Episode VII was top of mind for everywhere. It has now been confirmed that J.J. Abrams – yes, the director of the Star Trek reboot – will be the man of the hour. Disney is betting big on this director, hoping the force will live long and prosper.
Episode VII is just the first of a new Star Wars series of films to come under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, successor President of Lucasfilm. Abrams will be teaming up with Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine; Toy Story 3), who will be writing the screenplay for this colossus opportunity. Can this dynamic duo bring balance to the geek universe and put Star Wars back on the map after the unfavorable prequels? Kennedy is certainly very enthused:
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
Originally back in November, it was reported by EW that J.J. Abrams turned down the director’s chair stating that he has “some original stuff” he’s working on. Perhaps it was all a part of his elaborate scheme to throw us off like he does for all of his projects. Which is most likely why Disney found him best suited for the job – we still don’t even know who the villain is in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Kathleen Kennedy isn’t the only one who approves of this decision, so does Mr. George Lucas himself:
“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
J.J. Abrams‘ longtime producing partner, Bryan Burk, together will take Bad Robot into production with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney / Lucasfilm name. After rebooting the Star Trek movie series, I have 90% faith that Abrams will work out as a great director for Star Wars Episode VII. I’m not going to assume he’ll do the whole trilogy, but I am happy his little minions Roberto and Orci are not touching this movie. Abrams goes on to say:
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
Abrams is a modern day Hanna-Barbera, it’s as if he is working on The Flintstones and The Jetsons. This is probably one of the most geektastic things to happen since The Avengers initiative was announced by Marvel Studios, which Disney also owns now. Having a director helm two of the most iconic science fiction-fantasy franchises of all time is a nerd’s wet dream. Comic-Con sure will be interesting to attend this upcoming summer.
It really gets me thinking that this is all an elaborate plot to bring Jar Jar Binks back into the spotlight. J.J. Abrams and Jar Jar Binks, think about it. Why else would Lucas be OK with this decision. Do we really know what the lifespan of a Gungan is? For all we know, Jar Jar could still be alive, we don’t know what he was up to throughout Episodes IV-VI.
Now that we have our director, casting and production should begin to pick up steam. Star Wars Episode VII will see a summer of 2015 release.
Source: Walt Disney Studios