J.J. Abrams RULEZ all the sci-fi: he’s directing Star Wars Episode 7?
If Joss Whedon is the go-to guy for comic book adaptations these days, it would seem Fringe creator J.J. Abrams is the man to call when rebooting your epic sci-fi franchise. Word is doing the rounds today that Abrams is the guy who’ll be directing the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode 7.
Speculation about who would direct the new Star Wars movie has been rife in the movie world. Abrams would clearly be a great choice, having a bunch of smart sci-fi television shows under his belt, not to mention the successful reboot of Star Trek (which has a sequel Star Trek Into Darkness coming out this year). So, unless you have a problem with the Trek helmer working on Star Wars, Abrams sounds like one of the best people to bring the franchise kicking and screaming in Gungan into the 21st century.
However, we’re still waiting on official confirmation of this news, since Abrams himself has previously ruled himself out for the director’s job:
Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!
According to The Wrap, Abrams should be available for the director role, but work would need to commence pretty soon, because Disney have plans to release the sevenths episode in the saga in 2015.
So, thumbs up or thumbs down for Abrams working on Star Wars? Tell us in the comments!
Episode 7 will be the first film in the Star Wars franchise since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year in a megabucks deal that will see the Star Wars universe expanded (and monetised) in new directions.