Disney finally confirmed on Friday night, Jan. 25, that J.J. Abrams will direct "Star Wars: Episode VII." The news originally broke the day before, but Disney was quiet about it until they released a press release one day later.
“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller,' George Lucas said in the press release. "He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
However, while "Star Wars" Fanboys get excited about the news, Trekkies have to wonder what will happen the their beloved franchise. Abrams brought "Star Trek" out of the mothballs and reinvigorated it, and the second movie in the series by Abrams hits theaters in 2013.
In very interesting information, Paramount revealed that Abrams is still attached to the third movie in his "Star Trek" franchise, to at least produce if not also direct. If he produces it, that would be the same as Bryan Singer leaving the "X-Men" franchise for "Superman," but still producing the "X-Men" film.
However, if he directs both "Star Wars: Episode VII" and "Star Trek 3," that would be unprecedented. He is also attached to produce at least one more film in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise as well. Abrams is the next "Star Wars" director, and he will be a very busy man over the next few years.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.