J.J. Abrams To Direct New Star Wars Movie
With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney complete, the rumor mill is filled with Star Wars rumors, and the latest is quite interesting:
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will be helming the next Star Wars movie. “It’s done deal with J.J.,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Deadline today. Argo director Ben Affleck was also up for the gig, the source says. Abrams was courted heavily by producer Kathleen Kennedy to take the Star Warsjob. Expected in 2015, Episode VII will be the first new Star Wars movie since 2005-s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Michael Arndt is writing the script for the first installment of the relaunch of George Lucas’ franchise by Disney. The company bought Lucasfilm in October for $4 billion, with the Star Wars franchise the jewel in the crown. At the time, CEO Bob Iger said three more Star Wars films were in the pipeline.
Abrams, of course, is the guy responsible for Alias, Lost, and the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, the latest edition of which will be released in May. Interestingly, Abrams’ production company will remain involved in the Trek franchise after this year’s movie, although he has said he likely won’t direct a third Star Trek film. So, basically, Abrams will be at the helm of both Star Trek and Star Wars. That’s the Science Fiction equivalent of being both the Pope and the Archsbishop of Canterbury.