According to reports being published by The Wrap and Deadline, it appears that J.J. Abrams may be tapped to direct one of the most highly anticipated films on the map, Star Wars: Episode VII. According to the source, “It’s done deal with J.J."
While nothing is ever official until it's announced by the studio, the news still sounds promising for fans of the franchise. After all, it was Abrams' who successfully re-launched the Star Trek film franchise and after Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion back in October, he immediately found himself on the top of a very short list of directors being considered for the new film. In fact, Abrams' even went on record last month stating that he was approached by Lucasfilm before to direct the movie but decided to pass out of loyalty to the Star Trek franchise.
"[Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers," he said in the interview. "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. 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."
The script for Star Wars: Episode VII is currently being written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine and is expected to arrive in theaters sometime in 2015
via [The Wrap]