The much anticipated news regarding the question of who would direct the newly announced Episode VII of the ‘Star Wars’ saga has apparently been answered today. After much speculation, the Hollywood blog The Wrap, announced that director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), co-creator of the series ‘Lost’ will be directing the sequel to Episode VI.
This would be the first of the Star Wars movies not directed by its creator George Lucas, who announced last year that he was selling the franchise to Disney, along with any rights to make more of the mega million dollar films.
The last Star Wars movie, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was filmed in 2005 making it the last in the saga, up until now. The filming of Episode VII was part of the $4 billion deal in which Lucasfilm was sold in the fall of 2012. A tentative release of 2015 has been assigned to the new film.
Taking charge of writing the screenplay will be Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine). As mentioned, Abrams is not a stranger to sci-fi having helmed the revival of the Star Trek franchise with ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ to be released in May of 2014.
Abrams is a prolific American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer who has been involved with well known productions such as ‘Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol’ in 2011, the television series ‘Fringe’, ‘Person of Interest’ and ‘Revolution’. He is also set to produce ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ coming out in 2015.
There is no official confirmation on the Star Wars website and according to ABC News, Roberto Orci, a producer and writer who has worked with Abrams on “Star Trek,” ”Star Trek: Into Darkness,” and “Mission: Impossible III,” was responding to questions on Twitter, making it even more clear that the news are indeed true.
The announcement was received positively in general, but Abrams has quite a task in his hands and that is to make the fans happy. Time will tell if he succeeds. He certainly has some big shoes to fill.