Donald Clarke

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J J Abrams to direct Star Wars VII

Wow! This is one of those stories that everybody and nobody predicted. That is to say when news of the seventh Star Wars film emerged Abrams immediately jumped to the top of everybody’s list alongside Joss Whedon. But Abrams then …

Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 22:45

   

Wow! This is one of those stories that everybody and nobody predicted. That is to say when news of the seventh Star Wars film emerged Abrams immediately jumped to the top of everybody’s list alongside Joss Whedon. But Abrams then seemed to rule himself out. His vague line was ”I have some original stuff I am working on next.” The creator of Lost and Alias did indeed have to work his way through the follow up to his excellent reworking of Star Trek. But Variety has now announced that Abrams will indeed helm Disney’s sequel (we assume) to George Lucas’s pair of Star Wars trilogies.

On balance, this sounds like a terrific idea. Abrams is as good as choice as anybody. He really knows how to cherish original, much-loved material while bringing something new to the party. Have a glimpse at Star Trek if you have any doubt about this. We had, however, been led astray by an apparently sound rumour (in so far as rumours can be sound) that Mathew Vaughn would be directing the picture. Actor Jason Flemyng, a pal of the Kick Ass director, appeared to confirm that his old mate had the job while strolling down a red carpet recently. Did that put the kibosh on the gig? We will probably never know.

The news is sure to be popular with both Star Wars fanatics and casual observers. With Star Trek, he managed to construct a picture that drew in the agnostics. Hollywood is a funny business. J J is now almost assured to be the brains behind a billion dollar picture. The next Star Wars film will emerge in 2015 and sequels will arrive every few years from then until the heat death of the universe. Let the speculation begin (or, rather, continue).