That loud bang you heard yesterday around 4pm was Sci-Fi geeks heads exploding over the news that J.J. Abrams would in fact be directing Episode VII in the Star Wars franchise. Since the announcement of the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and the subsequent news of more installments to the Star Wars saga, fanboys wondered who would take the reins. Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn and Brad Bird were all rumored to direct. They all turned down the job, just like Abrams did at one point. I guess J.J. had a change of heart or a dump truck full of money showed up in his driveway yesterday.
Whatever the reason I couldn’t be happier over the choice of Abrams to take over what I refer to as the “New American Epic”. Abrams is one of the most innovative minds in the business. He had success and earned critical praise on both television and the big screen. Most important of all J.J. respects the material which is so important to fans like me who grew up with original Star Wars trilogy. Abrams was successful at reviving the Mission Impossible franchise and gave us a fresh new take on Star Trek, while still making a connection to the original Star Trek films. Unfortunately, this will be part of the negative effect that will take place with J.J.’s new job.
There is no way Abram’s can still be a part of the other franchises. He may be able to stay on as a producer in the Mission Impossible series as he did with M.I.: Ghost Protocol, but I believe his time in Starfleet is now over. There is now way he can handle both of these two huge Sci-Fi series. For one thing Star Trek is Star Wars rival in the film world, even if it is one-sided in the Jedi’s favor. Plus there’s no way one or both films wouldn’t suffer because of the time it would take to direct both film series. It’s an impossible task.
It’s a shame because I love what J.J. has done with Star Trek and to think Star Trek Into Darkness will be his last go around with the Enterprise is a bummer. Especially if it’s a cliffhanger ending. Then we will be stuck with a Brett Ratner/Bryan Singer X-Men situation. We all remember how that turned out. I’ve also heard a lot of complaining about lens flares and Star Wars time travel. Settle down people, he’s not making a Fringe or Lost movie. J.J. respects the story and he will use the force for good, so everyone come back over from the dark side and get ready to enjoy the ride Abrams will take us on when Star Wars hits theaters in 2015.
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