J.J. Abrams Signs Up To Direct Star Wars VII

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J.J. Abrams Signs Up To Direct Star Wars VII

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The Star Wars versus Star Trek battle is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

Back in December, director J.J. Abrams said that because of his loyalty to the Star Trek franchise he'd just rebooted, he had no desire to be involved in any of the new Star Wars films. "I declined any involvement very early on," he said at the time. "I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them."

Things have apparently changed.

There are virtually no details at this point, but the word on the street is that Abrams has signed up to direct Star Wars VII, apparently beating out contenders including Ben Affleck and Jon Favreau for the job. According to Variety, Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm and all things Star Wars last year, is in the process of closing the deal. Abrams is currently at work on Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Star Wars Episode VII is currently in pre-production and expected to come out in 2015.

Sources: Variety, MTV

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Da fuck????

Didn't see that one coming. Next stop, the Apple store Millennium Falcon.

I'm not really into Star Wars or Trek so I wouldn't really know...is this going to be an issue for the fans?

FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU

also lens flare.

this is gonna suck

Right. The thing to do to bring back fans who were pissed off because you ruined the cannon of Star Wars is to bring someone in who has already shown he doesn't give a fuck about the cannon of Star Trek.

This is such bullshit. Don't even care what the movies look like, this is already a complete miss for me.

In a word: No.

Or rather:

Star Wars Episode 7: Revenge of the Lens Flare.

Nooooo!
I hate Abrams and what he's done with Star Treck and his TV shows. He caters to what's popular instead of preoccupying himself with quality.
Damn commercialization ring (Lucas, Disney, Abrams)

... did I forget it is all about the money?

I always thought those lightsaber battles in Revenge of the Sith would have looked way cooler if they'd been completely obscured by lens flare.

Back in December, director J.J. Abrams said that because of his loyalty to the Star Trek franchise he'd just rebooted, he had no desire to be involved in any of the new Star Wars films.

I hope I'm not the only one who misread that and immediately raced over to Wikipedia to see if he'd directed the prequels.

OT: I actually think Abrams' style would be more suited to Wars than Trek, provided he can let the pacing slow down for more than a minute without some huge extraneous action shaky cam drama wasting the next 5.

Edit: Oh yeah forgot about the lens flair, those lightsabers will be BLINDING!

Am I the only person on this site who likes Abrams movies?

OWWWW.... That's sad to hear. JJ Abrams is one of those weird directors whose doesn't annoy me but just lacks talent... he has no movie or series under his belt that has blown me away from beginning to end. I kind wish it had gone to the director that did Thor, that guy did some brave shit there that paid off in spades. Now it'll probably just be Star Trek again which I guess is a better fit for Abrams then Star Trek actually was... regardless this is kind of disheartening not Michael Bay or Brett Ratner disheatening... but still .

Did someone just hear a scream? I'm pretty sure it originated around Boston but I heard it all the way up here in Western Canada...

I think Bob Chipman may have just imploded...

canadamus_prime:
Star Wars Episode 7: Revenge of the Lens Flare.

Star Wars Episode 7: A New Lens Flare
Star Wars Episode 7: The Lens Flare Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode 7: Return of the Lens Flare
Star Wars Episode 7: The Phantom Lens Flare
Star Wars Episode 7: Attack of the Lens Flare

OT: Apart from the lens flares in the new Star Trek movie, I like it alright. Just hope he can make something good happen after most people assumed they would never see another Star Wars movie made. Lots of pressure on Mr. Abrams.

Awesome, things are starting to look up for this, Big fan of Abrams, especially lost. His star trek reboot actually got me interested in the franchise. other than Peter Jackson or Joss Whedon, I cant think of a better man for the job.

Ok, now I really want to know what made him changed his mind? Seriosuly what made him to decide to go back against his words and sign up to it?

A fresh look at an old franchise, how is this a bad thing? It's not like they can fuck it up anymore. I for one am enthusiastic about what's to come. The original startrek was great but so was the reboot, I really don't get the naysayers. Are people really so close minded for new things?

valium:
Am I the only person on this site who like Abrams movies?

LOL Apparently. I honestly thought I would be in the minority on this.

MmmFiber:

canadamus_prime:
Star Wars Episode 7: Revenge of the Lens Flare.

Star Wars Episode 7: A New Lens Flare

Star Wars Episode 7: Attack of the Lens Flares
Star Wars Episode 7: The Phantom Lens Flare
Star Wars Episode 7: The Lens Flare Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode 7: The Return of the Lens Flare

Rogue 09:
Right. The thing to do to bring back fans who were pissed off because you ruined the cannon of Star Wars is to bring someone in who has already shown he doesn't give a fuck about the cannon of Star Trek.

This is such bullshit. Don't even care what the movies look like, this is already a complete miss for me.

Apples and oranges. The difference between Star Wars and Star Trek, is that Star Wars doesn't have tons of little details, technicalities and nuances to get caught up on. It's a simplistic Science fiction series where things work because space magic. If you think about it this is right up J's Alley.

valium:
Am I the only person on this site who likes Abrams movies?

I really enjoyed the star trek reboot, sat down my my good friend with a beer and watched it. Was a damn fine movie.

And Zachary Quinto was in it.

Azex:
FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU

also lens flare.

this is gonna suck

Those new model lightsabers are going to burn our retinas right out of our skulls.
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MmmFiber:

canadamus_prime:
Star Wars Episode 7: Revenge of the Lens Flare.

Star Wars Episode 7: A New Lens Flare

The amount of lens flair in this Star Wars sequel is TOO DAMN HIGH!

valium:
Am I the only person on this site who likes Abrams movies?

I liked his Star Trek reboot, not oni the same way I enjoyed the older Star Trek. That's what worries me. I watched Star Trek 11 as a fun science fiction adventure film with only tangential ties to the source material.

But with Star Wars, where everything has tried to have a consistent tone and universe, it just feels like too much of a departure.

LensFlare Saber gonna be so baller

MmmFiber:

canadamus_prime:
Star Wars Episode 7: Revenge of the Lens Flare.

Star Wars Episode 7: A New Lens Flare

Star Wars Episode 7: The Lens Flare Strikes Back

Scorpid:

valium:
Am I the only person on this site who like Abrams movies?

LOL Apparently. I honestly thought I would be in the minority on this.

You aren't alone, I loved Star Trek quite a bit (lens flares and all, sort of contributed to the "squeaky clean future" I always envisioned for Star Trek) and Abrams puts a LOT of effort into his projects... even if they don't all work out... so really it could be a HELL of a lot worse.

But there are always going to be dissenting opinions, for example a lot of people like Zak Snyder whereas I think he's one of the worst film-makers out there (he has a lot of passion... I just hate his work).

I still think it should been Brad Bird.

canadamus_prime:

MmmFiber:

canadamus_prime:
Star Wars Episode 7: Revenge of the Lens Flare.

Star Wars Episode 7: A New Lens Flare

Star Wars Episode 7: Attack of the Lens Flares
Star Wars Episode 7: The Phantom Lens Flare
Star Wars Episode 7: The Lens Flare Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode 7: The Return of the Lens Flare

Haha, guess we had the same idea. I was editing mine as you posted this. Lol. They have a nice ring to them, though.

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror...and continued to scream for eternity. I fear something terrible has happened.

In all honesty, as long as Abrams doesn't use the damn lens flare, this could work out. I actually liked Star Trek: 2009, and as a Wars fan and non-Trekkie, he made me excited to see the sequel.

That said, I'd rather someone else do it, preferably someone who will hold the ORIGINAL source material in high regard. Definitely not George Lucas.

PedroSteckecilo:

Scorpid:

valium:
Am I the only person on this site who like Abrams movies?

LOL Apparently. I honestly thought I would be in the minority on this.

You aren't alone, I loved Star Trek quite a bit (lens flares and all, sort of contributed to the "squeaky clean future" I always envisioned for Star Trek) and Abrams puts a LOT of effort into his projects... even if they don't all work out... so really it could be a HELL of a lot worse.

But there are always going to be dissenting opinions, for example a lot of people like Zak Snyder whereas I think he's one of the worst film-makers out there (he has a lot of passion... I just hate his work).

Yeah in my original post on the topic I said sort of the same thing about Abrahms as you said about Snyder. I myself can say that Snyder has at least one movie that has blown me away from beginning to end with Watchmen but Abrahms doesn't.

Great... the movie is going to have a camera that couldn't be more inconsistantly tilted if the operator was drunk and lens flares up the everything!

Well... I'll have to bring sunglass to wear on top of the 3d glasses... (Non-polarizing of course)

On the one hand, Trek '09 was more Star Wars than Star Trek, and Abrams is an admitted fan of Star Wars who doesn't give a crap about Star Trek. On the other hand, his Wars-ified Trek managed to be less Star Wars like and more The Fifth Element/Stargate/insertother90'sscififilmthatplayedsecondbananatotheclassicsofthe70'sand80'shere than even the Star Wars prequels. And at least TPM was Star Wars through and through -- I still think the only real reason people hated that one was it couldn't possibly stand up to 20 years of hype. The actual movies, sure, but not their reputation. 2 and 3 may as well have been one of those 90's sci fi films, but not 1.

And I /like/ the Sci Fi films of the 90's. The two I listed by name are two of my favorites, regardless of decade. But they're no Star Wars.

Scarim Coral:
Ok, now I really want to know what made him changed his mind? Seriosuly what made him to decide to go back against his words and sign up to it?

Rhymes with "honey."

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