Admittedly it took me awhile to write up this story only because of its shocking nature. J.J. Abrams is man responsible for resurrecting the Star Trek franchise and even though Star Trek into Darkness has yet to be release, one had the feeling that it would be the middle chapter of a trilogy. Coupled with the fact that Abrams publicly turned down the directing job for the next Star Wars film, it’s hard to imagine that he would ultimately get the job. Well it is official as the Lucasfilm confirms Abrams in the directors chair.
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Star Wars producer and Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen 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.”
So the question now is what happens to the Star Trek franchise after the sequel? Will Abrams completely abandon the Enterprise, or will he return in a producing capacity ala the Mission Impossible films? Either way, we will be getting what fans hope to be a masterfully directed Star Wars film.
Here’s what George Lucas had to say about Abrams: “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.:
Oscar-winning visual effects artist Dennis Muren: “He puts everything he has into his work. He totally immerses himself. He’s got such a visual eye, which is so important to the Star Wars films. It seems that a lot of the same things that were in George when he made the first Star Wars films are also in J.J. I think he’s going to fit into the other movies perfectly, with the energy that J.J. has. We’re kick-starting Star Wars again with dynamite. It will knock people out, including the people who get to work on it. I think it’s a great choice.”
Sound effects artist Ben Burtt: “J.J represents the next generation of filmmakers from those that were making Star Wars when I started. When he was a teen, he was a fan of Star Wars, and a great deal of his love for movies came out of his reaction of that first Star Wars film. You feel that he’s already invested so many years in it, and he’s going to propel it forward in a new way. In other words, you’re having a fan who has grown up and developed tremendous directorial skills finding himself at the steering wheel to take the franchise into the next stage. I feel like I’m there watching history turn over from one era to another.”
And finally Abrams himself: “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. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”Cool Posts Around The Web: