Monday, January 28, 2013

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Disney finally clued us in on who will be producing the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII and it is none other than JJ Abrams. Abrams has quite the resume and will hopefully be the person to get the Star Wars franchise back on track, with a bit of a lack luster set of prequel movies the Star Wars franchise took a bit of a tumble and lost a bit of its luster with that said Abrams has a big job ahead of him. 

Abrams is quite familiar with the Sci-Fi/Action genre having produced the 2009 Star Trek movie and the upcoming 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness. I realize Star Wars and Star Trek are different, they are still somewhat the same being in the Sci-Fi field and having a base to work with is better than someone coming in without any kind of background in the genre. I for one am excited about this news and am looking forward to 2015 and seeing if JJ Abrams can restore the luster to a great movie franchise.

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“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 went on to say “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.”   

"To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid." 

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner. 

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

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