Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Force is strong with this Trekkie

JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode 7

J.J. Abrams, the man behind the current reboot of Star Trek, will also be directing Star Wars Episode VII. The film, to hit theaters in 2015, is the first in the series since 2005, and the first episode not directed by the creator of the galaxy far far away, George Lucas.

In October of 2012, Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise (and all of Lucasfilm, which also includes the Indiana Jones franchise) to The Walt Disney Company for $4,050,000,000. Disney immediately announced its plan to revive the series and the speculation officially began.

Abrams emerges from a list of A-list directors considered for the role, including Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Matthew Vaughn, Brad Bird and many more. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine) will be the film's screenwriter (a questionable choice at first but understandable after hearing him explain this thoughtful writing process.)

Abrams, however, is a good choice. A great choice even. He knows the sci-fi genre and has directed multiple blockbuster films. But this will also surely anger some die-hard fans. Especially those who've repeatedly contested that Star Wars is better than Star Trek. But to those fanboys I say, who's a better choice? Honestly.

The exclusive story broke on Hollywood news blog, but has also now been reported by multiple sources inluding The New York Times, E! Online, PolicyMic, ScreenCrave,, Film School Rejects, my hometown paper The Canton Repository, and more.

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