Let the lightsaber lens flare jokes commence!
J.J. Abrams, the brain behind recent sci-fi projects as Super 8 and the rebooted Star Trek film franchise, is traveling to that galaxy far, far away. Back in the fall of 2012, following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the immediate announcement that Star Wars Episodes VII-IX would be made, the hounds were released and the hunt for a director was on. However, at that time, Abrams was on the constantly-expanding list of directors who were passing on the chance to helm the latest installment of the series. In November, he sounded quite adamant.
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!
What changed his mind? Will his fandom help make it a better movie much like how Joss Whedon made The Avengers a success? Which fanbase will lynch him first? Which would win in a fight, the Enterprise or a Star Destroyer?! All excellent questions. I just don’t think we’ll be seeing any crossovers anytime soon, despite what the fanboys might start drooling over.
Star Wars: Episode VII is currently scheduled to hit theaters in 2015. The script is currently being written by Michael Arndt.
Live long, and may the Force be with you, J.J.