It’s Official: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Yesterday, the internet practically suffered a hemorrhage after hearing word that J.J. Abrams had most likely been signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.  This evening, Disney has finally sent the official press release to confirm this report.  This is certainly interesting news to say the least, given that J.J. Abrams is now essentially responsible for the two biggest sci-fi properties of all time, Star Trek and Star Wars.  Surely there are those who are plenty excited about this news, just as much as there are those who are not so excited.  Regardless, this does bring us another step closer to the arrival of a brand new generation of Star Wars films, which I do think to be an exciting development, regardless of who is involved.  Continue on to read the official press release concerning J.J. Abrams involvement as director.

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said 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.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

 Lens Flare Jokes aside, I’m sure people have thoughts on this.  Feel free to sound off in the comments section.


5 Responses to “It’s Official: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII”

  1. Gregg

    I’m kind of hit-or-miss with the works of Bad Robot. Ghost Protocol was rock star but Super 8 bored me tears. Regardless, here’s hoping Abrams knocks this one out of the park. Overall, I am excited to see a fresh mind come in and direct a Star Wars film. Now only if they’d do films on the Old Republic and get away from the Skywalker era.

  2. Brian White

    I have NOTHING against JJ, but I feel uneasy with him at helm of this and Star Trek, even though I love what he did for the latter. I make no sense. LOL. I just am nervous about this. How high is his midi chlorian count? Did anyone truly check if he is the chosen one?

  3. Matt Goodman
  4. Gregg

    Didn’t Undercovers get cancelled?

  5. Aaron Neuwirth

    Yeah, I’m not sure what the point of that was.