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It’s Disney Official, The Director Of Star Wars Episode VII Is…   Leave a comment

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It’s exciting news for all sci-fi fans that  J.J. Abrams is the director for the next Star Wars film.  After stating in an interview in November that he would not be taking the job,

“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – 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 didn’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!”

I guess that he just couldn’t turn down the job after being heavily pursued by Kathleen Kennedy for the gig the last few months. Who can blame him for caving in and we all hope he bring back the saga closer to the fun tone and style from the first original trilogy. I think if anyone has a good chance it’s J.J. Good luck duder, I know my ass will be in the seat come May 2015.


Official Disney Press Release Below:

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films 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.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.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 the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

George Lucas went on to say “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

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.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and 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 as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.


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The Complete George Lucas Kathleen Kennedy 5 Parts Chat On The Future Of The Star Wars At Disney.   Leave a comment

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Here’s the full chat between Uncle George and the new head of LucasFilm division at Disney Kathleen Kennedy.Episode VII on it’s way in 2015 with more Big Screen Star Wars outings coming every two to three years. Michael Arndt is writing the script for Episode VII, No director has been announced as of yet.

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The Hollywood Reporter “The Directors” Round Table Video Is Extremely Interesting And Entertaining   Leave a comment

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The Hollywood Reporter usually has a great video interview series during award season and this year is no exception.  I loved watching directors Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), David. O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Ben Affleck (Argo), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Gus Van Sant (Promised Land) in a round table talking about their individual experiences making a living as film director in and out of the studio system. If you have any interest in understanding what it takes to helm a feature film and how many different and endless approaches are used in the medium, this is a video that you’ll want to sit through most definitely.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.