J.J. Abrams to Direct "Star Wars: Episode VII"
After shrugging off the suggestion back in November, J.J. Abrams has just been announced as the director of "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Speaking about the possibility, the "Star Trek" director previously stated, " Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that - I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on 'Star Trek' didn't have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!"
However, he also had high praise for the sci-fi flick, gushing, "'Star Wars' was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of."
Backed by Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm, the much-anticipated movie is slated to hit theaters in 2015 with Michael Arndt writing the script. The following two films of the new trilogy will be released every other year after.
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