J.J. Abrams to Direct Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII
The internet tonight is abuzz with the news that J.J. Abrams has been slated to direct the next Star Wars film.
Abrams’ catalogue of work includes TV shows like ‘LOST’, ‘Fringe’, and ‘Alias’, as well as several major films including the critically acclaimed ‘Cloverfield’ and the soon-to-be-released ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’. Sources close to Hollywood website The Wrap leaked the news early Thursday night (GMT), citing a very reliable source “with knowledge of the production”.
In the months following Disney’s acquisition of LucasArts, supposition has been rife around the world as to who would take up the mantle of this sci-fi staple – and it seems the answer has been given, although George Lucas will still have some say in the film’s production.
Disney announced shortly after its acquisition of the Star Wars franchise that the next film would be released sometime in 2015 – giving them two years to get everything sorted. It is also believed that Michael Arndt, who wrote the screenplays for Toy Story 3 and The Hunger Games, will be penning the film.
UPDATE (26/01/2013-05:35): Disney has confirmed the widespread news that Abrams is indeed directing Star Wars Episode VII.