After seemingly forever since news broke that Disney will be making a new Star Wars trilogy after acquiring LucasFilm, we finally know who will be directing Star Wars Episode VII. And boy, is this news.
According to The Wrap, J.J. Abrams will be taking the helm for Episode VII. Not only is this all sorts of interesting news, as Abrams already has the Star Trek franchise in his pocket, but he’s also a die hard fan of the Star Wars franchise, even stating that he used it (to some extent) as inspiration for the Star Trek reboot in 2009.
Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about this. I have never been a fan of the Star Wars films (hate me, go for it) and I’m a HUGE fan of the new Star Trek and cannot wait for Into Darkness this summer. Abrams is a man who’s always been known to have a crap ton of projects on his plate, but tackling two iconic franchises at the same time seems… dangerous. I have no doubt that the man will be able to deliver something great (heck, I’ll even seen it) but I just don’t like the idea of him doing both at the same time. And as big of a fan Abrams is of Star Wars, I hope that this news doesn’t effect the eventual Star Trek 3, which I hope he doesn’t abandon for Disney.
Star Wars Episode VII is being written by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) and won’t hit theaters until 2015. Disney also has plans on making more “side” films set in the Star Wars universe following more minor characters and there are some scripts being written by Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan. The details of any of the scripts are still unknown.
What are your thoughts on the news? Is the force strong with J.J Abrams? Is Disney a mad genius or is this an attempt to steal Star Trek‘s thunder?