J.J. Abrams is boldly going where he previously claimed he’d never go: The Star Trek director has signed on to direct the upcoming Star Wars Episode 7, The Wrap is reporting.
The Lost creator had previously said his loyalty to the Trek franchise was preventing him from signing on to direct Star Wars, although he’d been offered the gig: “I declined any involvement very early on,” Abrams told Empire magazine in December. “I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”
Abrams, whose Star Trek Into Darkness hits theatres in May of this year, will have to jump into his Star Wars role quickly, The Wrap says, in spite of his numerous production commitments – the upcoming Star Wars film is set for a 2015 release.
The plans to produce a new series of Star Wars films was announced after Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05-billion back in October. At that time, George Lucas — the Star Wars franchise’s original mastermind — was confirmed to remain on-board any new Star Wars films as a creative consultant.
Speculation surrounding who might step up to direct Episode 7 has been heated since the film was first announced, with names such as Guillermo del Toro, Brad Bird and Ben Affleck tossed into the ring.
Abrams, whose Bad Robot production company is one of the most successful in Hollywood, also recently acquired the rights to a film about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.http://arts.nationalpost.com/2013/01/24/j-j-abrams-will-direct-star-wars-episode-7-reports-claim/