It has been one of the most rumored about topics in recent months and it looks like we finally have an answer as to who will be taking the reigns of one of, if not the biggest movie franchises in film history. JJ Abrams, the man responsible for successfully rebooting the Star Trek franchise for a new generation has signed on to helm the latest film in the Star Wars franchise.
According to The Wrap, LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy has been actively seeking Abrams for some time now, mainly because of his following of fans of the sc-fi genre. Having brought Star Trek to the forefront once again and using his lucrative production company, Bad Robot, has brought such hit television series like Lost, Fringe and Alias to viewers. He’s also taken part in films like Super 8 and Mission: Impossible III.
This news comes despite the fact that the secretive director said he turned the job down back in November, but he did say that Star Wars” was the first movie that “blew my mind” in terms of special effects. Apparently the Force was too strong to deny.
Disney has set the release date for the seventh installment in the franchise for 2015, a very busy year for movie fans. ”Little Miss Sunshine” screenwriter Michael Arndy is currently working on the script for the film. The site also says that Ben Affleck was in the running for the job as well.
This will likely have an effect on his relationship with Paramount, the studio that Abrams’ Bad Robot company usually works with. The pair have been putting the finishing touches on Star Trek Into the Darkness, which opens May 18th.
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Source : The Wrap