After months of speculation over who would direct Episode 7 of the Star Wars franchise following Disney’s purchase, J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he will be helming – despite having told EW.com in November the opposite.
Abrams (IMDB credits here), who runs the Bad Robot production company, is known for (amongst other things) directing the rebooted Star Trek film and its upcoming sequel Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III and Super 8 and was the creator of much-loved shows such as Lost, Fringe and Alias. Abrams, a favourite amongst sci-fi fans and mainstream fans alike is a smart choice for the Star Wars franchise, as he is able to appeal to a broad audience whilst clearly being a fanboy himself. Between this and the news that the writer of Toy Story 3, Michael Arndt, has been handed over writing duties for Episode 7, things are certainly looking positive for the Star Wars franchise.
Abrams described to EW.com the effect of the Star Wars films on him as a child:, saying “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.”