J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII despite previously repeated denials by Abrams himself who is now working on Star Trek Into Darkness.
A source at The Wrap with knowledge about Star Wars: Episode VII alleges that J.J. Abrams has been hired by LucasFilm to direct the upcoming film. However, a source at Deadline revealed that “it’s done deal with J.J.” to direct the next Stars movie.
Word of J.J. Abrams directing the new Star Wars movie comes after the Star Trek helmer denied his involvement in the franchise. Abrams previously stated that he’s “looking forward to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I will be going as a paying moviegoer.”
Not toon long ago, Abrams went even further to explain why he didn’t want to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. “I declined any involvement very early on,” admitted. “I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”
Although J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and LucasFilm refused to comment on the rumor, neither company denied the news when they had the opportunity.
Abrams, the director and producer behind such hits like Cloverfield, Super 8, Lost, Revolution, Fringe, and the rebooted Star Trek franchise, does seem like an obvious fit for Star Wars. But given the 2015 release date of Star Wars: Episode VII, J.J. will need to reschedule several upcoming projects to make Star Wars a priority.
Just last week J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot bought the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by NY Times sportswriter Juliet Macur.
Only a month ago, J.J. Abrams told Empire Magazine that he had talks with LucasFilm but didn’t want to be a part of the Star Wars films.
“There were the very early conversations,” said Abrams to Empire, “and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek – and also just being a fan – I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things.”
Now, however, we know it was all just spin.
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