It’s Official! J.J. Abrams Will Direct & Produce Star Wars Episode VII
Yes, it’s the news we have all been waiting for. After all the rumours and speculation, Disney / Lucasfilm has officially announced that J.J.Abrams has indeed signed on to direct and produce the next adventure in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Episode VII!
This fantastic news clearly shows that Disney / Lucasfilm have really taken the time and effort to make sure that the next instalment of the Star Wars saga will have some of the best people in the industry working on it. Although Abrams had originally stated that he had no interest in directing a Star Wars film, Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm has always wanted Abrams to direct Star Wars VII, so it would seem that her persistence has finally paid off.
In last nights official press release Kathleen Kennedy said: 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.”
George Lucas was also keen to add: “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.”
With his production company, Bad Robot, J.J.Abrams has directed such blockbusters as: Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and Star Trek. Kathleen Kenedy will work with Abrams to develop Star Wars VII, through Disney Lucasfilm, with a script written by Michael Arndt. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will also be consulting on Star Wars VII. Kasdan was a screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi, while Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
I think that J.J.Abrams is a perfect choice to direct Star Wars VII. Since Abrams is known for his intense secrecy, it is doubtful that we will lean much more about Star Wars VII until the film is completed. So I suggest you all strap yourselves in and prepare to make the jump to light speed to 2015, J.J.Abrams is directing Star Wars VII, and I don’t care how much lens flare he uses!
Last word must go to J.JAbrams: “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.”
So what do you think about J.J.Abrams directing Star Wars. Let us know what you think.