We've been waiting for a big announcement this month regarding who Disney and Lucasfilm had chosen to direct that pivotal Star Wars sequel set to hit theaters in 2015, and according to the Wrap that person is none other than J.J. Abrams, even though he has publicly denied wanting the directing gig due to his loyalty to the Star Trek franchise. "It’s in great hands… 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," Abrams said recently. "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.“
Since that first story hit, others are coming forward claiming it is indeed a done deal, and Abrams will direct the sequel. It's an interesting move, snagging the guy who successfully rebooted the Star Trek franchise in order to use him to theoretically reboot the Star Wars franchise (even though it would technically be a sequel). Apparently Steven Spielberg was a major force in getting Abrams the gig, knowing full well that Abrams -- who paid homage to Spielberg's early Amblin movies with Super 8 -- knows the genre well, and can easily adapt to the sensibilities of the Star Wars franchise from the vantage point of someone who grew up idolizing those movies.
This is most definitely huge news, and we're sure fans will have plenty to say (both good and bad) regarding Abrams directing the new Star Wars movie. Right now Lucasfilm hasn't made an official announcement, but if this news stands (and it looks like it will) then we can expect Abrams' Star Wars to hit theaters in 2015 with a script from Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine).
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