As many of you may remember, J.J. Abrams initially told us all he wouldn’t be directing the upcoming Star Wars VII, and it broke all of our hearts. Then we get word that he will be directing my beloved Star Wars after all, although neither he nor Disney gave any official statements so needless to say I was a bit hesitant to say anything about it in fear of getting my hopes up.
But I prayed to the filmmaking gods for Abrams to stop playing with my emotions and we (finally) have the official word from the good folks at Lucasfilm, that Abrams will in fact direct Star Wars: Episode VII. It’ll be the first of a new series of who-knows-how-many films to come from Lucasfilm/Disney. We already know that Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi [my two favorite episodes]) will also be a consultant on the project. So I have to say, I’m really looking forward to this movie now! Since the purchase I’ve been a bit uneasy about what Disney might do with my saga, but there really isn’t anyone better to direct Star Wars than Abrams. Being a fan of the franchise himself puts a lot of Star Wars geeks at ease, as he for all intents and purposes knows the “essence” of Star Wars.
If you aren’t familiar with J.J. Abrams (kindly come out from under your rock), he and his production company Bad Robot are responsible for Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and Star Trek Into Darkness, Lost and Fringe (the latter of which I loved until they got rid of Peter…seriously the show is useless without him). George Lucas <3’s Abrams too: “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.”…you can’t really get a better thumbs up than that! And of course J.J. reciprocates the love: “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
Tell me I’m not the only one excited for the upcoming Star Wars!?