Star Wars Episode VII has a director and it is J.J. Abrams. Abrams who is in the process of finishing Star Trek Into Darkness for a release this summer was pursued heavily by Kathleen Kennedy and the head of Lucasfilm LTD. for the job.
Ben Affleck was also being considered for the job if Abrams did not accept to direct the next Star Wars film in the popular franchise. In November Abrams commented on the possibility of directing a Star Wars film and said,
“Look,Â Star WarsÂ is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that â€“ 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 didnâ€™t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
Star Wars Episode VII is set to be released in 2015 with a script by Michael Ardnt. Disney and Lucasfilm are planning a new trilogy and new films coming out every other year. Lucasfilm is owned by Walt Disney Company after George Lucas sold his company to the now media giant. The official press release can be read below:
J.J. Abrams to DirectÂ Star Wars: Episode VII
J.J. Abrams will directÂ Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series ofÂ Star Warsfilms 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.
â€œItâ€™s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star WarsÂ movie,â€ said Kennedy. â€œJ.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 theÂ Star WarsÂ experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.â€
George Lucas went on to say â€œIâ€™ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.Â Heâ€™s an ideal choice to direct the newÂ Star WarsÂ film and the legacy couldnâ€™t be in betterÂ hands.â€ Â Â
“To be a part of the next chapter of theÂ Star WarsÂ saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,â€ J.J. Abrams said. â€œI may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”Â
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.Â
Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.Â Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter onÂ The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost ArkÂ andÂ Return of the Jedi.Â Kinberg was writer onÂ Sherlock HolmesÂ andÂ 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 asÂ Star Trek, Super 8,Â Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this yearâ€™sÂ Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilmâ€™s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning withMission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series asÂ Felicity,Â Alias,Â LostÂ andÂ Fringe.