Just when I thought Star Wars was safe from lens flares and big-budget spectacle someone had to go and confirm J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII.
This news is downright baffling and actually very disappointing and confusing. Abrams has been known recently for working on the Star Trek films for Paramount (with Star Trek Into Darkness set for release in May) and he even went out of his way in December to say that he wasn’t going to direct the film and instead view it as a member of the audience.
Ben Affleck was in strong contention to direct the film and I’m so glad that he turned it down. Affleck’s got so much talent that would essentially go to waste if he committed to such a big project for Disney.
They want this film in theaters by 2015, which means Abrams needs to hurry his ass up on Into Darkness, because he’ll need to be doing a lot of prep work for this one. That’s not even mentioning the various films that he’s already working on as a producer.
Damn it. Abrams in control of Star Wars.
The biggest thing to take away from this news piece is that Disney hasn’t released a press statement yet, so there is still a slight chance that this is smoke getting blown up are asses. I’d so love for this to be a giant joke ran on all of the news sites, in reply to the constant talk about sites running stories without checking the source. The Wrap doesn’t tend to lie about these things though and Collider has ran it and I trust them more than most.
What say you?