Wow! Wow! What? I know many of you are thinking wtf? J.J. Abrams told us he wanted nothing to do with the franchise after being approached countless times by Da Mouse to pick up where George Lucas, half-assedly left off. Well it’s apparently official. The news broke today on The Wrap , that J.J. Abrams is taking the helm on the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year and announced it would make new “Star Wars” films, fans, members of the media and industry executives have speculated about which director would take the job. Abrams’ name always came up, but he told Entertainment Weekly in November that he wasn’t going to take the job.
He did say “Star Wars” was the first movie that “blew my mind” in terms of special effects.
Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood — and a man beloved by fanboys. He runs one of the industry’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Alias.” He has also directed film spectacles “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek” and “Super 8.”
I don’t have anything against J.J. Abrams except LOST and I don’t think I am alone in this. Fanboys will be reeling from the pain of those lack luster seasons, leading up to the finale, for years to come. That same fanboy curse has and will follow fellow writer Damon Lindelof as well, but is the backlash too strong, even in the wake of such news? Many are of the opinion that J.J. shouldn’t come anywhere near this, I ,on the other hand, am of the opinion that the prequels were so bad that it definitely couldn’t get any worse.
I have purposely stayed away from any talk about who is in the running to direct the next three Star Wars films, simply because the geyser of rumors was too strong, but now that I know J.J. is in, you can expect to see more about this and any other news leading all the way up to the day of production. It’s going to be an exciting year.