superdumb supervillain: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Saturday, January 26, 2013

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

It's official! 

Ubergeek J.J. Abrams is going to be at the helm of the new Star Wars movies. I, for one, am thrilled. As much as I love Muppets, I don't need them mixed up in my Star Wars universe. I want some serious galactic battle and rebel snark that my kids can grow up with and I think Abrams will provide that nicely. Given his credentials with strong-but-sexy female characters, I'm dying to see how the next (kinda) Disney Princess will be portrayed.

Here's the press release, for the full skinny:

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

"To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid."

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.  Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.


  1. I'm so excited about this. I'm hoping it at least lives up to his Star Trek.

  2. I just can't wait to see what he does with it!

  3. We're all quite excited about this, though none more than my 8 year old, I don't think. Can't wait to see how it turns out! Hopefully it's not SO unlike the others that it doesn't seem to go along with them...


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