J.J. Abrams has been announced as the director for the newest installment of the ultimate franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII.
It’s more of a commotion than a disturbance that you’re sensing in the force. Abrams, producer of films such as Star Trek, Cloverfield, and Super 8 is no newcomer to the sci-fi scene. But according to our source, he didn’t sound quite on board when the possibility was first presented to him. “Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” he told The Wrap back in November. “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.”
One would assume with Abrams’ experience working on Star Trek that he’d be prepared to take on such a challenge, but he admits that series wasn’t one of his favorites. “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 […] I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
Also reported was that the eventual placement of Abrams as director (beating Ben Affleck as a contender, by the way) was a plan put in place by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who also took over managing the Star Wars and Indiana Jones brands with its acquirement by Disney last fall.
The script is being penned by Michael Arndt, who brought us Little Miss Sunshine, Brave, and Toy Story 3. Plan your overnight stay in the theater line for Star Wars: Episode VII sometime in 2015, on top of a trilogy debut with a new movie by Disney and Luscasfilm to be released every other year beyond that.