Twin emails arrived from each company one minute apart. Both companies confirmed Abrams was indeed the director of their film.
Kathleen Kennedy who is Executive Producing the film revealed:
"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 stated:
"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."
Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are screenwriters. "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" are Kasdan's works. Kinberg was writer on "Sherlock Holmes" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
In the past few days fans of the "Star Trek" films expressed worry about their franchises' part III. "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is set to be released May of this year. There is no sign of another "Star Trek" film on Abrams' IMDb page. There are however, almost 20 other projects, most in pre-production. It is possible that Abrams will not direct the third "Star Trek" film, or it may be delayed.
Who will star in the new film? The IMDb page for the film has; Carrie Fisher, Mark Harman and Harrison Ford as rumored. We will see who ends up in the film, but the old cast is doubtful.
This seems to be a win-win situation for fans of both films.
"Star Wars VII" is in pre-production and set for a release date in 2015. The exact date has not been decided.
For updates check StarWars.com.
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