Thursday, January 24, 2013

Force of One: Abrams Helms New Star Wars

Well, I'm pretty sure this is a first. 

JJ Abrams, whose recent stewardship of Paramount's Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises has led both brands back to a place of pop culture prominence, is now set to become one of the biggest kids in the schoolyard with today's news that the Alias and Lost creator will be the first point man in Disney's post-George Lucas Star Wars universe as director of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Although Abrams issued about as definitive a denial as one could get when asked about his potentially taking on a Star Wars flick, either the pull of the Force was simply too great, or Abrams was doing a little "Phantom Menace" action while the dealmakers did their work behind-the-scenes.

As someone who's enjoyed, to some degree or another, all of Abrams' directorial efforts, this is very exciting news, and I have to give it up to my Mr. Boy chums, Brian Hall and Sean Coyle, who both picked Abrams as the most likely guy to step into the Bearded One's flannel shirt. No idea what this means for the ongoing Star Trek franchise, which the director has gone to great lengths to say he was never a fan of before taking the reins of the '09 reboot and which has its first sequel due out this summer, but if his Bad Robot Productions retains creative control of Trek's future, that puts him in the center seat for the two biggest brands in sci-fi. To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, if he develops a sudden interest in Doctor Who, there'll be no stopping him!

(Source: The Wrap)

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