Star Wars Postquel Update: JJ Abrams =IS= Directing Episode 7
Consider this very much rumour / bantha fodder at this stage, but The Wrap has semi-convincingly laid out the argument for how Disney has plucked J.J. Abrams for the next Star Wars movie, even though back in December the director completely denied doing the film
Already Twitter is awash with Alias puns and Lost fanboys aghast, but it does kind of make sense, even if it remains improbable. I mean, yeah, we've been saying that about most rumoured directors, but J.J.'s proclivities (besides lens flares) tie very much into the used-universe aesthetic of Lucas' world. At the least, it'd be a fine marriage of both sagas that begin with "Star," so one can at least hope there's truth to the (single source) rumour.
Oh, and the guy breaking the story is named "Lucas Shaw." You know, like George Lucas + Sebastian Shaw, the late actor that played the original Anakin at the end of Jedi. He's the dude in all that latex makeup, telling Luke that he's supposed to "tell [his] sister that [he] was right". He's also the actor summarily erased from the conclusion of the special editions, with Hayden Christensen replacing the old man at the glowy finale.
Yeah, maybe. But maybe, just maybe, the stars are aligning, just as the Star-named properties may be...
My vote's still for Miike.
Update 1 - 10:02pm
Since the story first broke on the Wrap, other outlets (THR / Variety / LA Times / New York Times) have all but confirmed the story. The NYT seemed the most sure, declaring:
"An official announcement about the hiring of Mr. Abrams is expected to come later Thursday from Walt Disney Studios and its Lucasfilm unit, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who asked for anonymity to avoid conflict with the studios."While Thursday's running out here on in the Eastern Time Zone, we may yet have an announcement before the day is out in Hollywoodland.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out for Paramount - Abrams obviously has a strong connection to the studio, but it's been one fostered by Spielberg, hardly someone who couldn't smooth a few feathers in order to see one of his prodigées work with his long time friend.
Update 2 - January 26, 12:10am
Well, it's official official. JJ Abrams is directing the film. Plus, we've got confirmation about what was only hinted at earlier, that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are "consulting on the project".
Exciting times indeed!
I still wonder if the man who made Star Trek feel like a Star Wars film (to the chagrin of some Trekkers) is about to inject some Trek-like spirit (or even J.J.'s usual narrative and visual flourishes) into his own continuation of Lucas's story. Not that this would be so bad, yet I think one only has to look at Super 8 to see that the director is capable, at least in spurts, of miming the work of another fine filmmaker (in that case, Spielberg) while still feeling part of a whole.
Here's the full press release from StarWars.com: