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#1 Wetcoaster

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

It is being reported that JJ Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars instalment after he earlier had turned down the job saying he was committed to the Star Trek franchise re-boot.


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/
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

THIS IS TOO MUCH POWER FOR ONE MAN
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

The most important thing for the success of the franchise going forward is getting people who are both good at their craft and in love with the mythos. Brad Bird writing and JJ Abrams directing will do that. If he can manage not to make the film 85% lens flairs, that is. And not include any borderline racist secondary characters.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

Don't care. I finally saw Space Battleship Yamato (2010).

Picked the best parts of the anime and put it in a 2 hour movie.

Psst...the movie is on Youtube now.
I wish they had it on blu-ray



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

so he directing two rival franchise.....star trek and star wars
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:07 PM

Can't possibly be any worse than the last Star Wars. And personally I enjoyed the new Star Trek.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

Can't wait!
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:35 PM

Hmmmmmm..... want to like it but not sure. He has directed some gold as well as some garbage. Just no junk characters like Jar Jar please !
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:37 PM

This is insane. I think the Force is strong with him but I was hoping for Joss Whedon.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:38 PM

I hope it's about the Yuuzhan Vong war.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

I hope it's about the Yuuzhan Vong war.


That would be amazing, but I suspect very highly that Episode 7 is going to be about the Skywalkers, and the Yuuzhan Vong wars aren't. I just feel like if it was going to be unrelated, they wouldn't have called it Episode 7. It's a hunch, but I feel like they're going to close the door on the Skywalker family through the rest of the series, and then do Star Wars: The Yuuzhan Vong Wars as a completely separate piece. And I'm not even saying I'm right, I just have a hunch that since they spoke of doing other movies afterwards, it's almost implied that the final trilogy will tie directly in.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:47 PM

I definitely don't want them to have the new films set in the Skywalker era. There's been too much EU material. Have it set either a few hundred years before or after the current trilogies.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

No, I'd actually like to say that I'd prefer that it not be about the Skywalkers. The obvious storyline will be something along the lines of Luke testing the Dark Side and Han and Leis kids having to stop him, or the (horrible sounding) rumoured storyline of a twin to Anakin who becomes the main antagonist. And I'd rather neither of those, because there's so much story to tell. I'm not guessing it because it's what I want, I'm guessing it because it seems like the Star Wars Episodes all tie into one significant storyline, and by implying that it's a continuation of 6, it's implied that it's a continuation of that particular story. I think we're going to get a ton of awesome EU films later on, but I think they're going to start by giving that story another run, and maybe redeeming it in the eyes of the Star Wars fan.

But again, I'm taking a guess. I don't know what I would prefer less - That Episode 7 was actually about the Skywalkers, or that they'd make a movie unrelated to the plot of the other 6 and still call it Episode 7.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:54 PM

Jar Jar Abrams? Coincidence? I think not.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:56 PM

I'll up it
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:06 AM

THIS IS TOO MUCH POWER FOR ONE MAN


I also meant to comment, yeah, at this point he might as well direct a film about my childhood.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

Sounds like all the old actors want a piece. But what JJ did for Star Trek (get rid of all the old actors) is what made it good again. So we'll see.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:30 AM

not pleased about this.

was really hoping for brad bird
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:40 AM

There are some great cinematics in SW:TOR video game. I was hoping they would do a movie about the old republic
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:33 AM

Wasn't Lawrence Kasdan signed up to direct one movie or is it the 2nd movie he is directing, he needs to be in on this too.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

as long as there isn't any time travel. It seems to follow JJ's carrer..
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:46 AM

Call me a purist but when I learned this and combining it with the fact that Disney is behind it I'll likely stay away from this movie. Lucas Forever!
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

I like this news.
Just need to make sure the story is good now.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

I hope he is a producer as well!
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

I hope he is a producer as well!


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

I'm hoping it'll be more like episodes 4 & 5 but what we're probably going to get is Jar Jar and the Ewoks on the planet Ceegee-I !¡!!!!!1!!
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

Sounds like all the old actors want a piece. But what JJ did for Star Trek (get rid of all the old actors) is what made it good again. So we'll see.

he kept one...
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

Sounds like all the old actors want a piece.  But what JJ did for Star Trek (get rid of all the old actors) is what made it good again.  So we'll see.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

The most important thing for the success of the franchise going forward is getting people who are both good at their craft and in love with the mythos. Brad Bird writing and JJ Abrams directing will do that. If he can manage not to make the film 85% lens flairs, that is. And not include any borderline racist secondary characters.


Brad Bird is writing? It's gotta be good then.

Not only did he single-handedly make The Incredibles, but the guy actually managed to present Tom Cruise as a likeable character (in MI4). That would be tantamount to making Episode 7 all about Jar-Jar, and everyone loving it.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:02 AM

I don't know how to feel about this. Set your lightsabers to stun. Lock your S-Foils in warp position.

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