JJ Abrams Directing Star Wars Episode 7

New reports are suggesting that J.J. Abrams is the person that Disney have finally turned to re-launch the Star Wars franchise with Star Wars Episode 7. The Star Trek director had previously dismissed rumors linking him with the project. Speaking at the Veterans Day 2012: Celebrating Leadership and Service event, hosted at Universal Studios on 9th November JJ Abrams was widely quoted as saying

“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

During the past few months a string of directors such as Guillermo Del Toro, Steven Spielberg and Matthew Vaughan have all been linked to task of directing the next chapter in the Star Wars Saga, although so far Disney haven’t made any official announcements and countless high profile directors have been rather publicly ruling themselves out of the running.

It remains to be seen just how real this latest news is, with alleged insider sources claiming that it’s a done deal for the studio with JJ Abrams. It would certainly be curious to see how he would balance responsibilities for Star Trek and Star Wars respectively. It would also put a sensational end to the ongoing feuding between Trekkies and Star Wars fans.

 

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