46-year-old J.J. Abrams has been officially announced as Star Wars: Episode VII director, the first installment of a brand new trilogy.
Abrams, whose TV shows include Lost, Alias, Felicity, and Fringe plus his movie credits of Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and this years follow up Star Trek Into Darkness, due out in May, changed his mind after saying he didn’t want to take on Star Wars.
Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt is currently writing the screenplay. Abrams producing partner Bryan Burk, and his production company Bad Robot will also be coming on board for Episode VII.
Lawrence Kasdan a screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi and Simon Kinberg a writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith have agreed to consult on the project.
Kathleen Kennedy head of Lucasfilm said “It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. 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.”
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.” J.J. Abrams said.
I have read a lot of different posting ever since it was announced that Disney would be buying Lucasfilm and making additional Star Wars films. Some of the real hard-core Star Wars fans have expressed concerns that if the story involves Luke, Han and Leia they should only use the original actors. That to recast for those iconic characters would somehow be a crime.
I have also read with the announcement of J.J. Abrams as director that Disney / Lucasfilm will be killing the franchise. Now granted some of those remarks are more the extreme ones I have come across.
I’m of the opinion, wait and see. Lucasfilm and George Lucas have already said that Episodes 7, 8 and 9 are going to be original stories and not from the vast amount of books written over the years. I seriously doubt that Harrison Ford would be willing to return to the role of Han Solo, as great as that would be to see I highly doubt it would actually happen. With no disrespect intended, Carrie Fisher hasn’t exactly kept her looks since she last played Princess Leia.
Now if what I read a month or two back was correct, Mark Hamill at one time said he would be open to returning as Luke Skywalker, but from what i understand Episode VII really wouldn’t be set far enough into the Star Wars future for Mark Hamill to return without looking to old for the part.
Overall I’m willing to give J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt and Kathleen Kennedy a chance to show me what they can do in the Star Wars universe. I have no problems with having new actors play those iconic characters. I have no problems with a guy who is currently rebooting the Star Trek franchise a shot of doing the same for Star Wars. It also doesn’t bother me that the guy writing the script has written Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3.
My final judgement of what they have done with Episode VII will be reserved for after I have seen it in the theater. I am of the opinion if the story is great and the acting excellent then what does it matter who is directing and acting. I will be happy to have seen another Star Wars movie in the theater.
I leave you with this final thought. Epsiode VII can’t be any worse then what Episode I Phantom Menace was and since George is no longer in charge there is no chance the movie will be changed before hits Blu-Ray!!
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