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J.J. Abrams To Helm Star Wars Episode VII

English: J. J. Abrams at the 2010 Comic Con in...

English: J. J. Abrams at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Space, the final frontier…be it in the Milky Way or in a galaxy far, far away.

Well, at least we can hope he won’t be directing the fiftieth anniversary special for Doctor Who. Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has been tapped to be the next director for Star Wars. That is correct, the man who is helming the reboot of Star Trek will not, in effect, be helming the reboot and rehabilitation of Star Wars.

This comes as something of a surprise since Abrams has been not only hard at work on Star Trek Into Darkness, which comes out on 17 May, but he has previously said he would not be taking over the post-Empire story of Star Wars.

Abrams said not long ago that “[T]here were the very early conversations 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. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

Apparently, Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, led the assault to get Abrams to direct Episode VII, which should be coming in 2015. The screenplay will be written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar winning writer of Little Miss Sunshine.

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