Currently several websites are talking the ear off everyone in the whole Star Wars director. Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and the corresponding saga that was Star Wars, everyone’s ears pricked up. Especially when at the same time, it was mentioned that full force and Jedi mind-tricks were in play to make Star Wars create a whole new trilogy of Star Wars 7, 8 and 9 to jump to light speed in 2015.
J. J. Abrams has been mentioned as the holder of such position. The man who idolised Star Wars as being his very first movie that blew his mind in regards to special effects. He has been a fan of the series ever since and between that and Star Trek, he was more a fan of the Jedi. However, he was cast amongst rebooting the Star Trek franchise and did what not many people could do and boldly went in a whole different direction which has panned out immensely great for the director.
Now, several sites, The Wrap, Deadline, Cinema Blend and Joblo.com are all confirming the director is now jumping ship, even though Star Trek Into Darkness is still in post-production to be released in May this year, to the Star Wars camp.
However, in November last year, J.J. Abrams mentioned, amongst other directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, quoted by stepping himself out of the running:
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. 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. 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, and so, 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!”
Pinch of salt is needed with all rumours, gossip or reported news in the industry. And this is definitely one of them that you have to tiptoe around. Although this is the first confirmed name, it will undoubtedly not be the last, and until it’s officially confirmed by Lucasfilm, Disney or the director in question, Star Wars will ever be on people’s minds until 2015 hits and we see “A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away” expressed on the screen.
UPDATE: So far, Lynne Hale, spokeswoman for Lucasfilm, has declined to comment
UPDATE: The official announcement from Lucasfilm confirms J.J. Abrams as the new director of Star Wars VII. They state “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.” JJ also mentions “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
Congratulations JJ. No pressure.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) January 25, 2013
Now the question is,