J.J. Abrams Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ [UPDATED]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 26th, 2013 at 10:15 am,

JJ Abrams Star Wars Episode 7 J.J. Abrams Directing Star Wars: Episode 7 [UPDATED]

[Update: It’s official: J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars 7!]

Ever since Disney first announced that not only would Star Wars be coming back, but would do so in the form of a full-blown sequel in Star Wars Episode VII, speculation ran rampant over what story the film would tell. And more importantly, who would be trusted to tell it.

It seems that speculation can end, as it is now being reported that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode 7, coming to theaters in 2015.

The report comes courtesy of TheWrap, after a source close to production is claiming that not only has producer Kathleen Kennedy been pursuing Abrams for the director’s chair for some time (not hard to understand, given his runaway success rebooting Star Trek) but that despite misgivings, Abrams has finally agreed.

The news will come as particular surprise to those who’ve been following the ongoing shortlist of Episode VII directors; J.J. Abrams was quick to shoot down rumors of his involvement from the very beginning. At the time, he cited the massive pressure and responsibility as his main reason for wanting to pass on the job, desiring to remain simply a fan.

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Apparently things have changed, although exactly what this means for the ongoing franchise development and Abrams’ relationship with Paramount is unclear. It’s still too early to assume that Disney is looking for Abrams to oversee the next generation of Star Wars fiction, perhaps contemplating a deal similar to that signed with Joss Whedon on the Marvel side of things. But if the studio has so doggedly pursued Abrams despite his apprehension (as he continues to make Star Trek a mass-market franchise) then this isn’t likely a one-time gig.

Given the myriad of names (some more risky than others) that have been thrown around as possible directorial candidates, it’s hard for even skeptics to argue that Abrams isn’t a bit of a relief. Guillermo Del Toro, Ben Affleck, and even David Fincher were all mentioned in the conversation – but for each one of their strengths, the question remained: would that work in a Star Wars universe?

Since Abrams has previously said that his creative team’s approach to the Star Trek reboot was partly built around ‘bringing a bit more Star Wars to Star Trek,’ that question seems to have been answered. If the strengths of Star Trek can be brought back to the series that partly inspired it (lens flares or no) then it’s hard to be concerned that Episode 7 won’t be an enjoyable, competent sci-fi action film. That may seem like setting a low standard, but the past decade of Star Wars projects hasn’t exactly raised the bar.

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What this means for the rumored Star Warsspin-off films remains to be seen, since we’re not even sure what role George Lucas will have as the brand is expanded upon by Disney. Or perhaps more importantly: what does all this mean for what we perceived to be a Star Trek series that had a successful road laid out in front of it? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.

We’ll keep you updated as the report is either confirmed or denied, but for now it seem Star Wars fans can breathe easy, and attempt to digest the knowledge that both Star Wars and Star Trek are now being controlled by a single director.

What’s your reaction to J.J. Abrams being trusted with both Star Wars and Star Trek? Does talent beat out fanboy objections, or is this too close for comfort? Sound off in the comments.

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Star Wars Episode 7 is due in theaters in 2015.


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  1. Meh – I don’t believe it till it is confirmed.

  2. Awesome news. Can’t think of a better candidate for the job. It was always him, brad bird or Gary Ross for me

  3. I guess my long waiting for a Werner Herzog Star Wars movie will never come to an end. Damn. Perhaps ol’ Werner could do the third Star Trek movie?

    On a slightly more serious note, assuming J.J. wants to do a third Star Trek movie then this news changes nothing about the time line. Directors of his stature usually do a movie every two years. So, Star Wars ’15, Star Trek ’17 (or I suspect, ’18). Wouldn’t be surprised if he let someone else do the third though. I’m guessing that depends on what the second one sets up.

  4. Seth MacFarlane to Direct

      • Agreed, at 1st I posted it as a joke but then I thought, he might be the best one to pull it off. He can mimic all the original techniques perfectly. It’ll feel like we are watching an original, if he actually does take it seriously. In Ted, the suspense scenes were done very well.

  5. The force is stron with Abrams… a wonderful job he will do

  6. I like Lost and Star Trek but PLEASE don’t give the star wars movie to him! He has Star Trek! I would rather see Star Wars in the hands of Tim Burton than J.J Abrams and it is not because I don’t like him it is just WRONG… I guess the Force is not with us.

    • Tim Burton? Maybe Johnny Depp should play a live action Jar jar binks in your opinion?

      • Okay, maybe Tim Burton was a little harsh but I think Star Wars and Star Trek are just too much. I mean J.J Abrams is cool and everything because he knows how to give people cliff hangers and stuff but I just don’t know if this guy can handle it. Trust me it is nothing against J.J Abrams because I hope to work for him one day, but Trek and Wars are two different things and I hope he is up to the challenge.

  7. If it turns out that this is true it’s time to just claim “Hail to J.J. Abrams, King of Scf-Fi; Ruler of Geekdom; Luckiest of thy Nerds Whoever Dreamed of a Galaxy Far Far Away.”

    • Until Joss Whedon gets his hands on a Star Wars movie, then we’ll have geekgasms all over this site’s comments. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, up to you.

      I welcome it though. Abrams did an amazing job with Ghost Protocol so he knows all about large scale suspense and action, lets just hope the writing and acting is up to snuff too.

    • You refer to the prophecy of The One who will bring balance to the Sci-Fi genre?

  8. This is incredible news…what a great move!

  9. With how talented Abrams is and his recent ability to make great sci-fi movies, I’m saying he will do third Star Trek AND next three Star Wars.

  10. All you haterz of Abrams need to chill. He is a VERY good Director and after what he has accomplished with Star Trek(I wasnt even that big of a Trek fan until I seen HIS Star Trek). He is definitely ABLE to make a sweet Star Wars I’m sure!! Everybody should just be happy that Lucas FINALLY passed the torch!! And now we get MORE Star Wars movies and most likely FAR Better ones then the last 3! HELL YES!!!

    • I don’t hate Abrams at all. In fact I hope to work with him one day but he himself did not want the weight of Star Wars on his shoulders. I like this guy and truly admire his work (Lost and Star Trek) but I would like to see him do a T.V show of Star Wars and give the movie to someone else.

  11. Abrams is a genius and though he may not have been my first pick he was certainly in my top 10 good luck to you Mr. Abrams and have some fun

  12. Seems like a logical choice, but still I’d prefer someone else given Abrams is doing that inferior franchise…BRING IT ON TREKKIES! In my opinion, talent doesn’t beat fanboy objections! In the studio’s opinion, cash beats everything. And since Whedon is bringing Disney a billion dollars in another one of their ventures… Abrams it is, I guess…and I can accept their choice because I just want to see more Star Wars. So, nerdom trumps all.

    • Trekkie here, and honestly I couldn’t be happier with Abrams directing Star Wars. He’s done right by the modern Trek films (despite what some of my fellow Trek nerds claim), and I would love to see him be the one to bring back Star Wars in a big way.

  13. I am very excited about this. As long as he is still able to make Star Trek movies.

  14. This is going to be rubbish.

  15. I would love to see how J.J. Abrams takes on Star Wars! The Star Trek reboot was a sucessful launch and I hope he brings his special magic to the Star Wars Universe!

  16. Well This certainly is a turn up for the books, J.J can only bring to the table what he did with Star Trek, I look forward to it and hope it will repair some of the damage done by Georgie boy on his prequel trilogy, At least we wil get no pouty faced youngsters ( attempting to emote as a future sith lord ) or silly squeeky voiced/rastafarian/bumbling comic relief charachters that my 4 year old daughter thought were hilarious! , Its about time a new director took over the Star Wars reigns as lets be honest George Lucas may have created this baby yet i cannot help but feel that he has been waaaaaaaaaaaaay too in love with the technical side of film making in the past and not his actors and the roles they were to portray ( and dont get me started on the dialogue ) , What we will get is a decent big sci-fi fantasy action summer spectacular with a a huge weight bearing down on its shoulders as it needs to outdo or at least be as good as ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ or ‘Revenge Of The Sith’, People are way to nostalgic and want to feel like its 1977 again have that magic recaptured for them and will only end up disappointed ( The Phantom Menace’ Anyone ), It will be fun and exciting but lets be honest , It’s going to be another Sequel to a popular franchise that has seen better days ( Alien, The Terminator, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones ) and whenever a director tries to do something new or special in the sequel genre – They tend to get shot down for attempting a new lease of life on it anyway ( Terminator Salvation , Prometheus )!
    This being said , Ill be first in a seat at the Movie Theatre as i think JJ has only disapointed me with MI3 so far ……………………….

  17. Although I’m not going to believe this (the director) until I hear official word, Disney better make sure that John Williams is still on board (although I’m sure Michael Giacchino could do a decent job, since he’s scored every other JJ Abrams movie).

  18. I’m having a hard time understanding why this is considered more than a rumor at this point, much less a strong rumor. Sounds more like wishful thinking among Disney, but…

  19. Wish they had waited til Star Trek into Darkness was released because I’m seriously unimpressed by the first ten minutes.

  20. JJ Abrams has directed so many things I love. That being said, I’m a little worried that he may be stretched too thin with star trek and other projects. Star Wars demands full attention if it will be truly successful. I do trust Abrams as I think he is extremely talented. I just hope it’s not influenced by disney values :p

  21. Kathryn Bigelow.

  22. So JJ Abrams is not only horribly overrated, but a liar as well.

    Who knew, eh?

  23. A few months ago, this would have been good news. But after George let go and I spent time dreaming about having other people direct it, I find myself shocked into cold, geekish horror. I think that J.J. Abrams is highly overrated, and she same person definitely should not be doing both Star Trek and Star Wars. Fail, Disneyfilm. You could have done better.

    But…in the interest of calming down and being objective, I really liked Star Trek in many ways. I actually love lens flare. I do not want Abrams in charge of Star Wars, but as long as there is a good story from the screenwriter, it could turn out okay.

  24. he’s a people director he will be just fine with the production, will love to see what he does with the subject matter.. R.G.

  25. I hope it’s true. He’d be perfect, because he is one of the very few directors who I trust to recapture the magic of the original trilogy.

  26. I’m very excited for this. I don’t understand why people hate Abrams. The guy is excellent.

  27. I’ll believe it when I hear it straight from Lucasfilm’s new CEO Kathleen Kennedy herself.

  28. Then and only then will I’ll know it to be true,so until such time I’ll will continue to search my feelings to seek out more knowledge. :)

  29. Does that mean we will see time travel in Star War 7? :)