Last we heard from J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost), he wasn’t too interested in tackling the upcoming Star Wars trilogy. Looks like he might’ve spoken too soon.
The Wrap is reporting that Abrams has signed on to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Their initial report has since been corroborated by Variety, and a Deadline source called the negotations a "done deal." If it’s true, it’ll mean the geek god has a hand in both the new runs of Trek and Star Wars. Disney hasn't officially confirmed it yet, but wow.
Abrams has played coy when the prospects of directing this one came up, but the guy's a huge Star Wars fan. So who knows, maybe Disney offered him a deal he couldn’t refuse?
The report says Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy has been giving Abrams the hard press to sign on, which isn’t too much of a surprise. The man's about as close as you can get to a golden goose in Hollywood these days. Another interesting tidbit? Ben Affleck (Argo) was apparently on the very short list, as well.
As has previously been reported, Abrams will be working from a script written by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine).
Assuming this report pans out, Abrams will have to head almost immediately into production on Star Wars to hit the proposed 2015 release date. Considering the fervent love genre fans hold for the franchise, it should be an interesting response across the spectrum to see how the world reacts. Yes, Abrams did introduce a whole new generation of fans to Trek—but he did it by making it hip, cool and throwing the old conventions out the window. Will Star Wars fans be as open to a similar approach?
(Via The Wrap)