News broke today announcing that director J.J. Abrams, well known for his successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise is now 'Confirmed' to be in the director seat for the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII due out in 2015... Abrams was immediately hounded by Kathleen Kennedy for the job immediatly after Steven Spielberg turned down the offer.
This is a wonderful change in events, even though Abrams consistently admitted he was committed to the Star Trek franchise and that he did not want the job offer of helming Episode VII shortly after Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney back in October.
Whether you a fan of his work or not, we all have to admit J.J. Abrams did breath a much needed fresh breath of fresh air into the latest Star Trek reboot in 2009...
I guess we'll have to wait 'till 2015 to see how he fares with Star Wars Episode VII
"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."
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What are your thoughts...?
Do you think Abrams has what it takes to continue the franchise?