Disney/LucasFilms has selected J.J. Abrams to direct "Star Wars Episode VII". Disney recently purchased the Star Wars franchise and immediately announced their intention to pick up the storyline where it left off from "Return of the Jedi". This is the first announcement related to the new trilogy following the studio's intent to release 'Episode VII' in 2015.
Abrams is currently in post-production on his second reboot of the Star Trek franchise, "Star Trek Into Darkness" which is set for a May 18, 2013 release. Abrams is an extremely wise choice for this job. His rebooting of the Star Trek series was a brilliant work of art that gave that franchise a refreshing new perspective. He cast Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and made that character an integral part of the storyline and the primary tie-in to the old series. If he can duplicate that feat with Star Wars he will cement his reputation forever.
Abrams, who runs one of the top production complanies (Bad Robot), has created successful franchises including "Lost", "Fringe" and "Alias". In addition to "Star Trek", Abrams has directed "Mission Impossible III" and "Super 8". He has developed a massive following of fans who deeply admire his work and wait anxiously for his next effort.
According to thewrap.com, Abrams won the job from Ben Affleck who was also in contention. "Episode VII" will be written by Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine").