Cue the Lens Flare.
Ever since George Lucas announced that he had sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4+ billion dollars, and that studio announced that there would in fact be more Star Wars movies, speculation has run rampant as to who would direct the first movie of the new trilogy.
Reports are coming out of Hollywood that one J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Super 8) has agreed in principle to sit in the director’s chair for Episode VII (at least). A source at Deadline is calling it a “done deal.”
Here’s the problem. The new head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, had previously announced that Episode VII would be released in 2015. That gives the studio roughly 2.5 years to run through the normal production process. Which means pre-production needs to start yesterday.
J.J. Abrams introduced Star Trek to a new generation of fans. How will older generations accept that he will be working in two of the most beloved science fiction universes in existence…and with fanbases that are the most at odds?
The Star Wars vs. Star Trek wars on the internet should be epic.
Update: It is now official. Here’s part of the press release from Disney:
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said [Lucasfilm president Kathleen] Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”