Holy Hell, here’s is some totally unexpected news! Both THR and The Wrap are reporting that JJ Abrams has been named as the director of Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII!
This is quite possibly the biggest news we are going to get all year, JJ fucking Abrams directing a Star Wars film, can it possibly get any better than that? Clearly not content with directing two Star Trek films, Abrams is set to become king of the geeks, king of sci-fi, king of the world should this report be true, and while Paramount while be in a bit of a panic over this (imagine the press conference’s for Star Trek and the amount of Star Wars questions fans will have for him), Disney must be rubbing their hands together with excitement.
However, before we get too excited, let’s just remember that in was only a few months ago that Abrams came out and said there was no way her would direct a Star Wars movie:
“There were the very early conversations, and 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,” Abrams told Empire . “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.”
Abrams, while denying he would direct a Star Wars movie back in November, also expressed his love of the Star Wars universe, and his comments make today’s news all the more exciting:
“As a kid I was always a fan of special effects. Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of,” Abrams told EW back in November.
Abrams’ love of Star Wars puts him in a very good position to be directing such a beloved story, but what exactly changed his mind? Reports are saying that Lucasfilm’s Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been chasing Abrams on this for sometime, and I would imagine that she offered him one Hell of a deal to do this. Either that, or some sort of Jedi mindtrick!
However, with Abrams committed to Star Trek at Paramount, just how the Hell does he manage to move on and direct a Star Wars film for Disney, which has a planned release of sometime in 2015. Abrams would have to get started on this pretty quick, but with Star Trek Into Darkness set to be released in cinemas on 17th May, he still has a lot of work to do for that.
Should these reports be true (and I really hope they are!), Abrams will be in charge of two of the biggest franchises in history: no pressure then!
(Source: The Wrap)