Much to the delight of many fans, Disney & Lucasfilm have announced that JJ Abrams has been selected as the director of the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ movie. Production on the movie has not yet begun but it has been tentatively scheduled for a 2015 release date.
Among many other successful works, Abrams has recently accomplished a very popular reboot of the fellow sci-fi “Star Trek” franchise with a blockbuster debut movie of the same name back in 2009. Its sequel is scheduled for release in May of this year.
Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney in November of 2013 for $4.05 billion. As part of the purchase, the production company remained under the direct leadership of Kathleen Kennedy who worked for years with Lucasfilm founder George Lucas. Immediately upon the details of the purchase being announced, it was unveiled that the new Star Wars movie would be placed into production.
Since then, the details of the new movie were being worked out with Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt in charge of the screenplay. The announcement of Abrams as the director is the latest news.
“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller,” commented George Lucas. “He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” stated Kethleen 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.”
Details of the plot and characters for the new movie have not yet been unveiled. It is widely believed that the story will be set 20-30 years after the time of the Return of the Jedi movie.
After the announcement of his shot at the helm of Star Wars VII, Abrams had this comment:
“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,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”