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Let The Lens Flare Begin: All Signs Point To J.J. Abrams Directing Star Wars VII

Hey, remember that time J.J. Abrams said he wasn’t going to direct Star Wars VII

If you were happy about that particular declaration, I’m sorry, but it looks like Abrams has changed his mind. In case you don’t remember, his exact words just a month ago were:

There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.

So what changed? Well, we don’t know because neither Disney, LucasFilm, or Abrams has made a statement. It was The Wrap who broke the story last night saying “an individual with knowledge of the production” told them Abrams is the guy.

These type of anonymously sources stories aren’t unusual for the business but considering we had one saying Zack Snyder was involved with Star Wars only to have it refuted by his people the next day, we were skeptical on the Abrams news. But since The Wrap posted the story last night, major Hollywood news sources like Variety and Deadline, plus the New York Times, have said the news is true. The Wrap also said Ben Affleck, at one time rumored to be involved in Warner Bros. Justice League film, was also a contender for the job.

Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 18 and while many assumed he’d look ahead toward a third installment, he’s never looked too far ahead.

Cue jokes on Abrams taking over Stargate, Starman, and everything else beginning with Star. And the complaints that he’s going to ruin the franchise. Etc., etc., etc.

I’m just hoping for a good film and perhaps the Bad Robot making a cameo appearance as a droid.

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  • Anonymous

    If I had my own way Zack Snyder would have been tagged for this. He’s got a way with geek properties that I think would have worked well.

    Still, Abrams is a good safe bet for a new Star Wars series. Star Trek and Super 8 (and presumably MI: 3) show that he can do big set piece action and doesn’t have same “special effects are the same thing as character development” problem as some previous directors of the franchise I could mention.

  • Phil Gonzales

    I’m so tired of lens flare jokes I could spit.

    That being said, Abrams knows his way around a camera and how to cast a movie – two things the SW series has been sorely lacking. Oh, and he can also direct action beyond “Hit your light stick against another light stick.”

  • Anonymous

    Actually, now that it’s been mentioned, a JJ Abrams reboot of Stargate would probably be awesome.

  • Anonymous

    DO. NOT. WANT. Get ready for more trademarked empty, soulless Abrams action!! I’ll wager that man has never had a sincere or deep emotion in his life.

  • Anonymous

    Great! Then he can piss on THREE franchises that I love!

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  • Shoshana B

    Guys, this news has yet to be confirmed by Lucasfilm, so take it with a grain of salt. A fair number of the news agencies reporting it as fact are citing each other, so it’s still falls into the “UNCONFIRMED RUMOR” category.

  • Christopher LaHaise

    So, you’re saying the birth of Kirk in the Star Trek reboot was empty and soulless, in spite of a number of people crying in the theatre when it happened?

  • Christopher LaHaise

    Bitter, much?

  • Christopher LaHaise

    Don’t get me wrong, I loved the movie Stargate, but am I the only one that thought it was only half a movie, and needed about another hour?

  • Christopher LaHaise

    True, I didn’t mind the lens flares, and I was quite pleasantly surprised when I saw it. If he is in SW, I’m very curious what he’ll do with it. (Personally, and I know people want to lynch me for this, I’d like to see Star Wars as a reboot, just to see how people would run with it…)

  • Anonymous

    Uh, yes? That’s not emotional depth. That’s a guy who’s watched a lot of movie and understands how to cheaply manipulate the audience. Also, please to deliver proof of sobbing masses.

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  • Carmen Sandiego

    I thought the movie was okay (at the time, granted I was about 11) but the tv series sucked no matter how many chances I gave it to appease evangelical friends.

  • Anonymous

    Matter of taste imho. While the movie is watchable, i love the tv series.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I wasn’t thinking of the movie, but the tv show. (Say whatever you will about the tv series, but the movie was kind of forgettable IMO.) It could be a lot of fun, so I wouldn’t mind seeing it rebooted at some point, preferably by…hmm, how to put this….a stronger showrunner/writing team. The show coasted a lot of the charm of its actors, the writing was never its strongest point. But they did have some cool ideas, and it was a neat set up, and as I said, it could be a lot of fun. There was potential.