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Author Topic: It's Official! JJ Abrams named as new Star Wars film director!  (Read 2827 times)
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« on: January 27, 2013, 09:34:35 PM »

J.J. Abrams officially named Star Wars director BREAKING
By Anthony Breznican

J.J. Abrams has officially decided to join Lucasfilm and, together, rule the galaxy.
Star Wars creator George Lucas, who is retiring and passing the franchise on, released a statement endorsing the choice: Ive consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. Hes an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldnt be in better hands.

The news broke yesterday, and was quickly confirmed by sources close to the project, which had previously tried to woo Brad Bird to the film. Abrams, who has been busy on the sequel to his reboot of Star Trek, had previously said he didnt want to take on Star Wars, but ultimately was persuaded to change his mind.

Star Wars: Episode VII is expected in 2015, and was announced as part of The Walt Disney Co.s $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm in October.
The screenplay is being penned by Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning writer of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, while Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi, and Simon Kinberg, who wrote Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the Robert Downey Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes, will serve as consultants.

Its very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy announced tonight. 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.

Abrams, whose other films include Mission: Impossible III and TV shows such as Lost, Alias, Felicity, and Fringe, offered no explanation for the reversal, but indicated his affection for Star Wars goes back to childhood as it does for almost every kid from his generation. 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.

Lucasfilm released statements from innovative artists who contributed to the previous Star Wars films, also endorsing the choice of Abrams.

Visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren, who worked with Abrams on Super 8: He puts everything he has into his work. He totally immerses himself. Hes got such a visual eye, which is so important to the Star Wars films. It seems that a lot of the same things that were in George when he made the first Star Wars films are also in J.J. I think hes going to fit into the other movies perfectly, with the energy that J.J. has. Were kick-starting Star Wars again with dynamite. It will knock people out, including the people who get to work on it. I think its a great choice.

Sound designer Ben Burtt, who worked with Abrams as sound designer and sound editor on Star Trek and Super 8: J.J represents the next generation of filmmakers from those that were making Star Wars when I started. When he was a teen, he was a fan of Star Wars, and a great deal of his love for movies came out of his reaction of that first Star Wars film. You feel that hes already invested so many years in it, and hes going to propel it forward in a new way. In other words, youre having a fan who has grown up and developed tremendous directorial skills finding himself at the steering wheel to take the franchise into the next stage. I feel like Im there watching history turn over from one era to another.

Sound editor Matthew Wood, who worked on Super 8 as well as the Star Wars prequels: Working with him, it was so obvious to me that J.J. and I have the same nostalgic love of that era. Now we have someone from that generation who is going to be at the helm of the Star Wars franchise that Ive known and worked on, so its a great circle. Just seeing what he did with Super 8 and capturing those moments, and knowing what was so special about that era, its going to speak to a new generation of audience as well.

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013, 10:20:59 PM »

Get your sunglasses ready for lots of lens flare.

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013, 10:42:05 PM »

Get your sunglasses ready for lots of lens flare.


Was just talking to my brother about that. He curses me now for mentioning the amount of flares used in ST. He says he really didn't notice them, until I brought them up. He apparently has gone blind without my knowledge.

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