A long time ago George Lucas was the man behind Star Wars. Now it’s going to be J.J. Abrams.
The news is spreading from one Star Wars fan to the next faster than Han Solo made the Kessel Run – J.J. Abrams has officially signed onto directing the next new Star Wars film. Episode VII will be the beginning of the new trilogy that Disney had announced they were going to do after they acquired the rights from Lucas. The new adventure in a galaxy far, far away is scheduled for release in 2015.
This announcement is somewhat surprising since Abrams had previously ruled himself out as a directing candidate for the new the film not too long ago. His name was just one of dozens of potential directors that rumors swirled around who would conceivably be helming the start of a new Star Wars series.
That pretty much encompasses everyone who directed a film in the last ten years including Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, Colin Trevorrow, Joss Whedon, Steven Spielberg, Zack Snyder, Jon Favreau, Joe Johnston, Guillermo Del Toro and probably little kids who make puppet shows for YouTube.
Abrams had dismissed his interest in directing a Star Wars movie back in November. “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. 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.”
There’s one big piece of the new Star Wars puzzle in place. I haven’t read any further details whether Abrams will direct more than one film in this trilogy. So that will be something that we’ll find out down the road I guess.
As far as the choice of Abrams goes, I like it. I’ve liked Abrams since his days back on Felicity. (Hey the first two seasons of that show I dug!). Nowadays Abrams is able to take these big franchises (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible) and make them some pretty entertaining films. Not to mention his TV work that attracts devoted fans.
He obviously loves the original films. He’s often talked about the influence and respect he has for them. It should be interesting to see what he’ll do with Star Wars.
I do find if kind of odd that he’s going to jump from Star Trek right into Star Wars. A change of approach is going to have to happen with Star Wars compared to Trek. The tone will have to be adjusted. I just can’t picture Star Wars having as much lens flare and shaky cam as Abrams’ Star Trek.
As I’ve said before I still have my love of the original Star Wars, but for any newer adventures (newer than 1983 that is) I’m somewhat indifferent towards where the saga goes. So I’m not as hyped up for a new trilogy as hardcore Star Wars fans, but I’m certainly curious about it. Now with this Abrams news it is going to be the beginning of an endless series of headlines and announcements that we’ll all be following until this flick makes it to theaters.
Who will be in the cast? Will this series be as CGI heavy as Lucas’ previous trilogy? Will Abrams include the Gungans? Will all that midichlorians jazz be ignored? Any chance we’ll see some intergalactic slave bikinis?
There are so many questions left to be answered about this new trilogy.