Disney has confirmed that J.J. Abrams, who originally had suggested he wasn’t interested in the new Star Wars films from a directorial standpoint (he’s a huge fan like so many of us), will be the director for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” We think it’s a great choice — he turned around another iconic Sci-Fi franchise in Star Trek, which was on it’s last legs, and we think he’s in a perfect position to take “Star Wars” in a new direction as well.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is the first in a series of “Star Wars” films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt is penning the screenplay. Bryan Burk, a longtime producing partner for J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are on board for a targeted release in 2015.
With his original stance on being a fan first, we can’t help but wonder if Disney had some help in getting Mr. Abrams on board: