This is the director they were looking for.
J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars" movie installment, Walt Disney Studios announced late Friday night.
The movie is the franchise's first since Disney agreed to acquire Lucasfilm, George Lucas' company that produced the first six "Star Wars" movies.
Abrams has experience with movies in blockbuster franchises. He directed the 2009 "Star Trek" movie and his company, Bad Robot, produced "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol," the 2011 movie in that franchise.
"I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller," said George Lucas, who created the Star Wars franchise, in a statement released by Walt Disney Studios. "He's an ideal choice to direct the new 'Star Wars' film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."
In addition to his film work, Abrams has a long resume on TV. He created "Felicity," "Alias," "Lost" and "Fringe," among others. Abrams and producing partner Bryan Burk will produce "Star Wars: Episode VII" along with Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, Disney said.
"To be a part of the next chapter of the 'Star Wars saga' . . . is an absolute honor," Abrams said. "I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid."
Michael Arndt will write the screenplay, according to Disney.
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Hey another generic Sci-fi action movie with no plot but lots of action for the lowest common denominator. Mike Bay and J.J. giving Rifftrax something to work with for years to come.
On the one hand, Lens Flare!
On the other hand, well... at least it isn't George Lucas.
BTW, has anyone else here noticed how much J.J. looks like that short, dorky-looking roommate of Sheldon's on Big Bang Theory?
best star wars movie was the one not directed by George lucas
For all you haters out there, when Star Wars first appeared (and became a success), Lucas said he was going to do three trilogies. By Return of the Jedi, he changed to say he would just do two. It'll be interesting to see where the new story goes – and whether it (despite Disney) preserves the darkness that was originally supposed to be in Return...
It will be interesting to see where the trilogy goes. A likely direction is that it picks up with the end of Jedi. Then goes through Leah discovering her powers but turning to the dark side. That would make the most sense since going back before Episode 1 would be really tough. It would though allow them to go back to the early days of Yoda and the beginnings of the force.
It will be exciting no matter what direction it goes.
Acually, Lucas originally talked about 12 movies, which turned to 9 when the digitally remastered VHS set came out mid 90's and turned to only 6 movies when the prequel trilogy was announced a couple of years later. Needless to say, I am a happy nerd.
Star Wars can only go up from here.
Another franchise for him to ruin.
That is just too funny. His Star Trek movie was the highest rated (95%) on Rotten Tomatoes and highest grossing Trek movie of all time. So I really hope he ruins Star Wars the way he ruined Star Trek!
Yeah! .... What He said! I can't tell you how many times I watched Abram's Star Trek Movie!
I've loved just about everything Abrams has touched, from Fringe to Star Trek. I hope he ca breathe new life into Star Wars, because the last few installments were uninspiring.
Cool! Ihope that like Star Trek, Fringe, and Lost the next Star War Film with have time travel in the story line! I always thought that Time Travel to the distant past was the reason why there are humans that exits a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Yeah! And maybe instead of the millenium falcon they can all get around in flying Deloreans with guys named Doc Brown and Marty McFly! *rolls eyes*
ya ain't so perfect sweetie.
Yeah! That Dalorean in back to the future was pretty sweet! Especially when it was flying. Just outfit it with some guns and I can totally see it taking out Star Wars type fighters! I don;t know if Abrams can secure the rights to do a cross over like that but man can you imagine!! Nerdgasm!!!!!
Just trying to point out that the concept of time travel doesn't really belong in Star Wars in my opinion.
Cant wait to not watch it.I'm not a Star Wars fan,anyway.Would not enjoy it,have no idea,and have no cares,about the plot ,characters,or why anyone is doing anything
Then why reply. Go watch E and leave the rest of us to talk about this movie that will most certainly be amazing. Tool.
every waking moment of the day.....
Tomorrow is Monday. That is too gross.
I'm just too awesome.
with Mrs Lee....oh my god...i'm going to die right here....
Can we please put Starwars to rest.
very informative that will be useful in the movie industry–Take Care!!
three good movies–three bad–guess this will be the tie breaker
Wait doesn't this contradict what he himself said in a previous interview? I thought he said he wouldn't touch Star Wars.
maryanne was trap home.
I was hoping it was The Weather Channel's Stephanie Abrams. I'd give her a shot.
If you are telling the truth, then my apologys. Just coincidence that I post, you post, black ink troll post, and nobody else. I found this blog trying to find information for someone and noticed you had blogs , decided to look and
ended here , and in short time I am trolled. What type of blog is this? Quite different from what I am used to. I suppose the infants on this site don't accept new people. If it wasn't you, accept my apology. Your blog here wouldn't be so bad if not for this black ink troll. This intimidating person won't be back. kisses
I thank you for being big enough to offer an apology and I accept it.
because your white like the rest of us
Just file it.
not palin - stop using me as the butt of your stupid lame jokes that are a disaster and of no comic relief whatsoever to anyone
Everyone Loves LiLo. I really think she will add to the franchise.
I really like them casting Lindsay Lohan as Princess Leah. She is joking to be GREAT !
I meant going to be GREAT.
Is that J.J. Abrams or George Costanza in a Pat wig
but it has too be done...she's too nosey
I didn't know that a search was on for a new director.
you have it ... send to other comp. thanks...
I'm actually looking forward to it, so long as he tones down the signature lens-flare.
go for it enterprise....
archives 06-09-any history that we can locate on her.
how long –
miss you always....
AND YOU WILL BE CHARGED WHEN CONFIRMED...WE KNOW EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO..
YOUR JUST A GUTTER RAT
I just want more Star Wars like The Empire Strikes Back!
Maybe they can just "re-imagine" Empire Strikes Back with this one, but with every part played by a Gungan.
my husband is cheating on me with Gold Hat.....can't take it......
how's the pastrami....
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Lost sucked, cloverfield sucked and now the new star wars movies are going to suck worse than the last 3.
the tuna is good....order the tuna
Please, please have the stormtroopers actually be capable of aiming. It makes no sense, that the average clone trooper can take down a jedi, but then stormtroopers, who originated from the most skilled clone legion: the 501st, can't even shoot and hit a guy the size of Jabba.
ding ding ding went the bell....
A lot of people are saying "death of Star Wars" and it won't be the same. You guys do remember Episode 1 don't you? Jar Jar Binks ring a bell? If that was the best Lucas could do this time around then I think a change is in order. I can't wait to see JJ's spin on Star Wars.
is definately in order...right now.
2 actors that's it for star wars...
could you imagine if they selected Zack Snider as director!?!?!
that would have been awesome!!!
no or yes for goldie hawn?
smells like poop from miles around...
is a fake.
So is Abrams now intentionally embracing the Barton Fink look?
Everyone know this is not good...
Except the ones who made the decision.... this is bad.
So much for getting a Star Wars made for "fans"
Instead its just going to be another "JJ Blockbuster" ...yawn...
I beg to differ, Abrams IS a real fan. He's going to be fantastic. I wonder about Arndt. Only three episodes to complete a story!
invite then to Mabrams performance EVER.
star wars is officially a kids movie now.great :(
Wait Return of the Jedi with eaks and episode 1 jar jar binks wasnt inserted for kids. Every film of star wars since return of the Jedi was made for selling action figures. Come on. They knew what they were doing.
Star Wars has _always_ been a kids movie. Since jump it made more money in action figures, toys, lunchboxes and others kids stuff then actual ticket sales. Empire was the anomaly. Ewoks, Jar Jar, Greedo Firing First – all were corrections Lucas imposed to bring it back down to his target younger audience.
I don't think Lucas ever did well trying to balance those competing themes. I mean – Indy 4? C'mon now.
While I tend to dislike Disney in principle – they've had decades perfecting movies that appeal to both Kids _and_ adults. One could argue this isn't saying much, but I think Disney will handle it better than him. From what I've seen of interviews, Lucas always seemed bitter toward the adult fans of the franchise. Abrams, on the other hand, has a positive view of hard-core fans, having been one himself.
ITS ALL YOU
doing to walk into ANY of these movies EVER
what does that mean "doing to walk"?
Would you little black trolls just give it up? Do you just not have brains or what? Give us adults a break, would you please. Your crap was old a very long time ago.
i'm not black
I hoped the next installment will be called Star Wars: Episode X. then XI XII and then back to VII. That would be much more fun to watch.
thank God its not that idiot Michael Bay
outed from franchise–stop the disco music on that one...
abrams ate breakfast times please also time of fone franchise to be sold to everyone.
and what a success it will be soon...thanks!!!!
munched on mem
i will truly die...
Congrats Mr. Abrams now please don't screw this up with the likes low-browed characters aka; ewoks, Jar Jar Binks, etc. I’ll just cringe. Remember the Star Wars franchise very much has an adult audience too. Let the Force guide you.
that's who he's hanging out with.................thank you everyone...sobbing
Good post Steve. An Imperial Legion losing to a bunch of Care Bears? Come on! That was a little too goody goody for me. It was so dumb I cheered every time an Ewok got axed.
and abrams has it....the greatest franchise ever built.
so poor for business not a money drawer at all. glad i could help dear.
Are you some sort of crazy stalker person?
she must have heard the last conversation....
woohoo Star Trek was the last movie I saw in the theater that was watchable
This is the best thing that has happened to the Star Wars franchise since Episode VI. I wish J. J. had directed the prequels.
next! let's go.
will NOT stand up for you...so we need to protect and hopfully it will work out for her cast–you are most welcome
Abrams is a wonderful, young smart guy..we don't want him ruined by some bimbo troll .
i decided and discussed with her parentees this is the best business course of action for the child.
minimal contact with her is the best course of action.
abrams is a smart child no need too be subjected to a beetch troll all summer long..she's a go getter with charisma and a great personality....
deal at acys so she does there is miminal contact with bimbo
already...talked her parents into NOT the entire week with her around
These movies are going to be awful. I can't imagine wasting my money.
I dunno. Disney has a pretty good track record when it comes to franchises. And, after those last 3 disasters, a 60 minute film consisting of Jawas farting would be an improvement.
bring both so they can see production differences.
I have a bad feeling about this...
I'd like to see Luc Besson get his hands on a good sci-fi script
Mel Gibson? Really? What would the plot be? Use the Force to rid the galaxy of the evil space jewz?
I think without fur, Wookies would look a lot like Dennis Rodman
After the trash that were episodes 1-3, and the trash that were the CGI laden episodes 4-6, my childhood love of SW is dead. It's not on my list. Mr. fake-lens-flare-every-30-seconds didn't change my mind. I hope the new movies come with seizure warnings.
You think the first films were trash what have you been smoken??? I never get tired of watching them. Ive must have seen them 100 times each. and I might just watch them agian tomorrow just because of you.
If you hated ALL episodes 1 – 6... what exactly did you like about StarWars?
I think anchorite is talking about the horribly re-edited episodes 4-6 as featured on the special edition DVD set of the original trilogy.
bash abrams tomorrow...he deserves it.
GOTCHA AGAIN......(3)....the "your out" comment was worth being late.....did you give J another termination like in 9002?-
amazing how the machine works perfectly now--
janine and rest are not outed and nobody is going anywhere....please continue blogging and have a good night
They seem to be under the impression that Janine, "black troll" and I are the same person. I want it to be clear that is NOT the case. I am not part of this.
me thinks triumph protests too much!
condescending beetch–amazing how the machine works perfectly now ..we have you pumpkin...
I'm only trying to clear my name here. I've had no part in this other than being falsely accused and had insults wrongfully tossed toward me.
Based on JJ's ability to weave stories togehter over itme, he should do great with the Star Wars trilogy. The only time he wavered with Alias and Lost was when he did not have an ending. He knows he has a finaility in that there will noly be three movies. Also, he will need to draw on his ability to weave the psychological nature of a story together to journey back to the original message of good versus evil from the original trilogy.
has one of the most famous voices in movie history...i remember seeing star wars trying to figure out who the deep voice was and my uncle victor whispered in my hear that it was james earl jones...ha
It's Hayden Christensen now, buddy. But he's got a nice deep screen voice, right?
NOOOOOOOO....no no no...Wooden Christopher will be nowhere near this movie.
I remember seeing James Earl Jones in Field Of Dreams. When he spoke in it I recognized his voice and realized he was the voice of Vader. Iconic voice he has.
bring new top
Janine can you please tell them I have nothing to do with this?
oh come on, Triumph. anybody with a computer and a cell phone can post at the same time.
Ok you have a point there. Someone could do that. But I assure you that is not the case here. I have absolutely nothing to do with black troll/Janine. I may tell crude poop jokes but I am an honest person. I hope you will take me at my word.
you never miss an opportunity too look like a fool....
i remember the first time i saw star wars i so afraid of darth vader i actually had a nightmare that night...
then i realized...it was nothing to worry about
Lucas is the best at destroying his own story. Jar jar? Eowks? Little farting, gigling creatures? Yikes.
and very happy for jj abrams he's a very smart guy, professional and he will be a success in the future.
that blogger doesn't pay me - continue all...
you do not pay our salaries...we blog as we see fit...especially when nosey elephants are around bothering our friend..
we will never leave-we are glued in for life.
and we don't make a career of having elephant ears all day long....
so ridiculous glued into ep for 15 min that was enuff...silly blogger. why are we still looking at her?
i'm just curious why we are looking at tina anymore? that's all it is jealousy...
May the Force be with you Abrams!
boxed woman..what the f-c is that i know its your usual sense of humor but who cares about this insecure blogger...
you have a boyfriend, you look amazing for your age and your the best.....the enterprise is missing out on production not you. glued in 1/2 hour ago...
You've been outed, so stfu! Your posts are crap, and I don't mean that in the affectionate way that you talk about it. Grow up, loser!
laughing hysterically...look at your blogging issues not mine.
I have nothing to do with this and have no idea why you think I'm posting as anyone else. But there is evidence I'm not now. Look at the time of the "Nobody is ousted post up top here. 9:58. Now look at the time of my reply to post 13 by "Please". 9:59. 1 minute is a bit of a short time to reply in don't ya think???
that blogger is not our direct report in business, the blogger is no position to out anyone and the blogger does not pay nor does it own us....Continue blogging all.
she is soooooooooooo jealous of you...end of story. your attractive and full of energy she should be jealous.
don't see yourself short for her........glued in 1/2 hr ago...amazing.
this hopper travels all the way from my house down his t shirt through his shorts all the way down through all the couches and tables and bathroom so i know exactly what the enterprise is up too
this hopper travels all the way from my house down his t shirt through his short all the work through all the couches and tables and bathroom so i know exactly what the enterprise is up too...'
Anybody would be better than Lucas. I love the 2009 Star Trek and I love Fringe. I hope he can fix Star Wars that Lucas ruined. Maybe we will get a Star Wars made for people over 12.
who gave you that information? do you have a name...we can do a conference call if you like–i love conference calls.
i better turn on the hopper to continue to suffocate him...he may leave me so i want to continue to suffocate him
A husband? Bahahahaha, no thank you, single life is too much fun. And my fun is waiting for me, don't miss me too much now. Go get your bath now and don't forget to get your gland squeezed. Bahahahaha!
oh my god he's going to leave me for 2 ... what do i do...i am going to die...
its the same stupid threat by a low class blogger who thinks we're not going to live if we don't enter the enterprise....
she clearly does not understand business and does not understand itself....
Whatever triumph the dog. Tell your owner to give you a bath, you are stinking up this place. Get a flea dip while you are at it, you are infested and nasty. Bahahahaha!
what will i do ... i know i'll buy a hopper and listen too the entire world and so i can keep track of my boyfriend and the entire world at the same time...this hopper cost me 10 million dollars..
@('*')@ You have me confused with someone else. I'm not the person that called you intimidating. I make poop jokes and that's just about it.
and nobody is going anywhere.....
here threating us about entering some enterprise.....we dont' want her we hate her we can't stand her
she's not welcom
G()d I hope you mean me. Bahahahaha, you mad? Bahahahaha, now watch this a$$ troll on me the rest of the nite. Bahahahaha!
NO OUR PROBLEM
we know the enterprise pattern...its the same one for 6 mo now...your afraid your husband is going to walk away from you...
GO TALK TO CAPTAIN KIRK ABOUT IT....NOT OUR PROBLEM
lol. We finally know who the babbling black ink troll is. His comments are as bad as all those poop jokes from Triumph. I figured it was some stupid kid with no parental supervision. Someday little man, maybe you'll have a girlfriend or boyfriend, not sure of your persuasion, to occupy your time, instead of rambling on here all day long.
If he botches this, he's through.
threating us every 5 minutes like madonna is begging to enter the enterprise...
FKYOU ELEPHANT EARS P;
or the enterprise keeps getting a GOTCHA
of me wanting to enter the enterprise–get lost elephant ears...your not a good director
its just way to easy dear...
This fellow took Star Trek and played with it like a toddler playing with a room full of priceless handmade glassware. This kid needs to focus on creating his own work and not on screwing around with the work or others.
Every bridge shot was plastered with blinding lens flares like he was a squirrel playing with a shiny bit of tin foil, he tried to pass a rural power station as a starship shipyard and a brewery (!) as a starship interior, and he destroyed a planet that represented one half of the "good guys" (and a huge part of the mythos) that was an inviolable icon of the storyline since the franchise began over 45 years ago.
Keep this whiz kid's hands off of Star Wars. He had no respect for the Star Trek saga and there is no reason to think he won't do the same with Star Wars. Tunnel-visioned geniuses like Abrams should be creating their own original work and not messing with the work of others.
Looks like someone's a little confused here. You talk about Star Wars as if it were your teenage virgin daughter. Star Wars was created by Lucas and it made him more wealthy than almost anybody on this planet. If he wanted to mess it up, which he didn't, it's his to do so, well, it was his anyway.
Star Trek was a lowly 60s TV show someone turned into a successful franchise starting in the 80s. I'm sure Roddenberry never dreamt his creation would feed Hollywood with much needed success despite the fact that his original show was unceremoniously cancelled.
To claim Abrams is unqualified to handle Star Trek is completely false. He gave it new life and potentially another 20 year run. It may not be the same Trek the trekkies wish for but he made it palletable to a new generation much more sophisticated in sci-fi and astrophysics. I'm sure he'll do the same for Star Wars although it remains to be seen how well he can handle the metaphysical stuff by Lucas.
Oh MAi GOD,soooo kewl!!!!!!!!!!!! I love STar Wars!!!
I hope Anakin is in it,he's so cool,in the Clone Wars.And I hope the clones from the cartoons is in it.I love them.I have a backpack with the clone trooper on it.He's cool with his lazer pistols!!!
And I want Darth VAder,he's so cool,too,and chewbaka is funny,as is jarjar binks lolololol :D
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I don't like Starw Wars.I think it's pretty bad.
I mean,there are COUNTLESS comic books,novels,cartoons,etc.How the hell is anyone supposed to follow it all and care.
Plus midieval fantasy is better.When this movie is out and all the losers are gulping down their popcorns with fake butter and choclates,Me and my posse will be going on an epic quest with Advanced Dungeons&Dragons(yes,it still exists,the board game,and people still play it and LOVE it)
so me and eg can hit it.
eg madonna dave....should i wear my poodle skirt?
I'm not trying to be intimidating as you stated below @ triumph the dog. I've been on here one day and can tell you are the one who posts the nonsense in black ink. You think you are fooling these people? Go wipe your a$$ across yo mommas basement carpet, then check it for worms.
we're at his house.
Uh you need to read that again. I said nothing about you. It was "very intimidating name...WHO CARES..." who referred to you that way.
what's your name?
THERE ARE MILLIONS ON CNN BLOGGING.
Sorry I wasn't specific. I was responding to @('*')@
I AM DOING IT... ON A CLEAR DAY RISE AND LOOK AROUND YOU AND SEE WHO YOU ARE....
THIS IS TOO FREEKIN EASY
he put his hand near mine and then he touched me.....i felt a sudden tingle when he touche me a sparkle
No wonder...no one is ready for another Star Bores movie. The first original ones were great, the last set was awful...could have been excellent...poor story, some stupid characters..terrible, just terribly done....leave it alone already.
A disney version of star wars directed by the guy who brought us 2009's Star Trek. yeah no its gonna be great. I cant wait to not watch it.
she only works for the most famous mass confusion experts in history...hahahaha
I say give the job to the man who has already made the best of the bunch: Mel Brooks!
Spaceballs??? Oh s**t! There goes the planet!!!
I've seen space balls before, silly movie, but, I liked it!
we shut the phones down and made fun of you...
In case Mel's not available, anyone know the name of the guy who made "Hardware Wars"?
nobody–threating star trek about entering the enterprise every day...GET LOST YOU AND THE ENTERPRISE..
WHO GIVES AND F-
Umm, excuse me, no one here said anything about Star Trek – even though it was a far superior product before the idiotic "reboot".
Pay attention and make sure you're posting your comments in the appropriate thread, unless you don't mind looking like an idiot.
He better have Bruce Campbell in it.
This might mean im out of a job
I am hoping they will be based on the Timothy Zahn Heir to the Empire Trilogy... those really need to be made into a movie.
On clear day rise and look around you........
Did 4,5,6 then 1,2,3 Now what 10,11,12 followed by 7,8,9?
I'd rather see the effort put into Asimov's Foundation Trilogy! (or four or six or whatever it turned into)
Foundation would be an awesome series.......
They should have theAlien and Vader have a light saber fight. How cool would that be.
I have no issues with JJ doing it. I just wish he would step outside the box and start a totally new plot from a few thousand of years before the original. The current plot line has run its course. Start fresh.
" a totally new plot from a few thousand of years before the original."
Yeah they could be driving horse driven buggies throwing rocks at each other
Theo clearly has no understanding of the Star Wars universe. Yes Theo, thousands of years.
the enterprise is right in position....forever.
Word is around that The Enterprise will have a cameo in the new Star Wars film.
I would have loved to see Quentin Terentino direct the movie !!!
YES!!!!!!! That would have been the greatest thing to have happened to humanity since the discovery of fire!
I've never seen a Tarantino movie that I liked, but after seeing Phantom Menace, he couldn't do worse....
The director of the new "Star Trek" films will be directing the new "Star Wars" films? Somewhere, a nerd is screaming blasphemy!!
That being said, JJ is a great director, so I'm looking forward to what he can do to the franchise.
For it is written: "These are truly the end times".
Meh... JJ is too immature as a director. His will have all flash, will be incoherent, and will have no substance. They needed someone who is more mature as a director, but not overly mature so as to be boring.
That being said, I'll still watch the stupid thing, because I'm a sucker like that.
Who would be your choice then?
He really can't do any worse than the Lucas sequels. Attack of the clones was possibly the worst movie ever made
As much as I love the franchise (other writers/developers have done some great things with it!), the only film with any substance so far has been "The Empire Strikes Back." I'd waited for Lucas to bring that magic back thru four more films, but found them all disappointing for story lines. So I'll give Abrams this benefit of doubt: he can't do much worse...can he?
An alternative? Ridley Scott. He'd never touch it, but he is a fellow who is a deep thinker who has the maturity to see the value of the mythos and who would respect the threads that combine to make the complete tapestry. Abrams' is way too shallow and he has no respect for culture. Another suggestion would be Mel Gibson. Braveheart, the Patriot and Apocalypto are brilliant examples of his ability to blend legend, history, struggle, action and humanity. He would have been a way, way better choice.
Ridley Scott is the director I first thought of when I mentioned "boring". Sorry, after Prometheus, I won't be going to see a Ridley Scott flick again. The Empire Strikes Back I agree was the ONLY film in the franchise with any kind of substance. I can easily see Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter 3) doing it. I think he has the chops to make something really special.
The force is strong with this one.
JJ's Stark Trek was good, but not great. too slick, way too much reliance on CGI. i hate when there is only actors acting against a green screen.
my bet is he will do a "link" picture. throw an aging Luke or Leia in there, maybe Lando. have them participate in the plot but at the same time, hand the torch to a new, young cast. its been done before, mostly horribly. need i bring up
Indiana Jones 4?
The only director worse for this job is Michael Bay. I guess I won't be watching this new trilogy.
I thought the Star Trek movie was awful, and the new Trek movie comes out soon. I'll reserve jugdement until I see if that franchise can recover
Awesome! It will be darker, more action-packed, but a nice movie for sure!
Star Wars Episode VII: The Return of Jar Jar
JJ- don't screw it up.
keep it dark.
don't rely too much on CGI- its obvious – use real minatures and models when you can
don't make stupid "comic relief" characters like Jar Jar
honor the orginal triliogy,
don't make R2-D2 fly around and other crap he never did in the originals
get a real dialogue writer and editor
You think the old Star Wars trilogy was "dark"? I'd say that's a stretch. Not that I have a problem with that, nor is "dark" automatically a good thing (it can be a lazy way to try to make your story seem cool, and often ends up just being nihilistic). But while the original Star Wars arc has suitably dark moments, overall it's a revival of corny Hollywood swashbuckling. Which is why it's great – it's pretty well balanced, but if anything it skews toward the cutesy. Look how it ends...with Ewoks. And the "comic relief" characters in that (the droids) were the first element that Lucas really settled on.
None of which is to excuse Jar Jar Binks :)
Luke Skywalker to enterprise, beam me up Scotty....
So.....spastic shaky cam and the story told in incoherent fragments forwards backwards and sideways. But this time Yoda is a teenager dealing with his powers and wanting really bad to band that princess.
Lets stay in the same universe, but please jump forward a generation, where Luke is dying or dead at the start of Episode 7. We need a new story thread beginning where the Jedi have already restored order. We don't need to follow Han or Luke's kids.
I hope it is more adult like the original of '77. I also hope it gets a PG-13 rating.
I am so confused.
Are we going Back to the future, or forward to the past ?
Will we wake up and find out the whole thing was just a bad nightmare
that young Skywalker had ?
What does a wookie look like without all that fur ?
Are princess layers buns done ?
Will Jar Jar binks light that spliff ?
Does Indiana Jones need depends ?
Will Yoda turn blue ?
Stay tuned to the next exciting episode of,
Indiana Treck wars !!!
business as usual
I know it was a financial success, but his Star Trek was awful. I won't hold the story problems against Abrams, but the absurd lighting and the constant lens flare were most certainly under his control. The next time you watch Star Trek note how the bridge is lit. There are lights literally everywhere. Anyone who had to work in such an environment would become quickly exhausted from having lights shining in his face every second. There are even rows of spotlights above displays.
And then there's the ever present CG lens flare that distracts in virtually every scene, even when it makes absolutely no sense to have lens flare. It's as it it was put there to be a constant reminder that you aren't part of the scene, but that you're watching a recording of it. I have loved Star Trek since it was aired in the 1960s, but this movie was terrible. We can only hope this nitwit doesn't make the same mistakes in the upcoming Star Wars movie he made in Star Trek. I simply don't trust this man's judgement.
that was great analysis.
Skytag, so you're saying because you didn't like the lighting that the WHOLE movie was horrible?
As much as I like J.J. Ron Moore would have been better. Lucas is a horrible story teller. As long as it is not him, this should be entertaining.
I can't wait to see Star Wars in IMAX 3D Shaky-cam(TM)! Cloverfield was awesome! It was so cool and realistic! Abrams is going to blow away James Cameron's Avatar and the Avatar sequel, no contest!
The director who reinvisioned Star Trek gets to reinvision Star Wars?
LET THE TREKWARS BEGIN AGAIN! All shall cry as nerds fight nerds and no one wins!
barbra streisand ok? do you feel i sounded ok?
You know why there'll never be another Star Wars? Because they refuse to let Star Wars go.
Oh Great. A Star Wars re-boot. Let me guess.
The Sith will go back in time, save the Death Star and blow up all rebel planets. Jabba the Hut will become the leader of the Jedi, Jar Jar Binks will be cloned and populate a planet, Luke will turn gay and marry Chewbacca, Annikan will be sold to an unsavory Madame from the Brothel Planet and become her bodyguard, Yoda will open a coffee shop on the Artisan Planet, and Hans will wind up using the Falcon to deliver milk to colonies on the moons of an obsure planet called Jupiter.
It's not a reboot, it's Episode 7. If they bring back the original cast + a real director who isn't fail like George Lucas then this is probably the best hope for this franchise to survive.
I think you should write the next one. Interesting concept. lol
J.J. did well with star trek. its my favorite remake of all time. But star wars is another universe. I'm not questioning his immense talent but this may be asking too much of one man. Disney true to its blackhole persona has continuously strived to gobble up all the great work and talent. Surely there must be another......
Star Trek isn't a remake. It's a reboot. There IS a difference.
how are you.
Yeah the special effects were awesome. I think if you look really close you might see a character are two as well.
JJ destroyed the Star Trek I liked. He will ruin Star Wars worse than George did.
Whoever, whatever, we just need some new, good movies. The stuff they're putting out these days is all crap. Also, I didn't know Star Wars was Disney.
Disney purchased the rights on October 31, 2012. Fairly recent change, The other 6 had nothing to do with Disney.
It wasn't until last year, Disney acquired Lucas Arts.
JJ did good with the Star Trek movie, I look forward to the next one supposedly this year, Quintos and Pine were good choices for Kirk and Spock. Now to see how he does with Star Wars, I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan.
Thanks for that info. I liked that last Star Trek movie, the 1 that had the guy from heroes in it. He played young Spock. I've started watching Star Trek movies on tv since then. Have never watched Star Wars before, maybe I should.
watching a jj abrams movie is like going to a hot new restaurant with a great looking menu, only to discover there's no kitchen in the back and they don't actually serve any food...
Very astute analogy.
And here comes the train of smug kids telling us just how horrible the critically acclaimed and successful director is...nope, he certainly didn't create well-received shows and reboots...all those armchair directors who think they're Martin Scorcese because they've got a Netflix account suuuure do know better, yessir.
Yea I mean all of his TV shows have been huge hits. Most of his movies are well received or niche classics. Yea he is only the most successful TV and Movie director of the last decade... But he sucks clearly.
So, by your logic, if it's popular it must be good, huh? The only thing Abrams' success and popularity prove is the extent of the public's bad taste. Sure, he's popular with the video game/MTV generation who don't care one bit about a good story and just want to see him fling a bunch of CGI at the screen. Call me old fashioned, but in my mind a good film is all about the story, the writing, the acting. Abrams' films and TV shows have no emotional resonance. They're cultural junk food.
JJ Abrams is an OK choice but I would have prefered Joss Wheton, may be they will at least use him as a writer.
i totally concur
Hey, be thankful it isn't Tim Burton, yuck
one of the best choices!
The deal Lucas made with 20th Century Fox gave him exclusive rights to all merchandising. Ever wonder why all the movies, the recent three in particular, look like a Toys R' Us convention? Hopefully Abrams' cut is based on ticket sales.
Hmmm Like Lucas invented toys and movies.....The many cowboy shows of the 1950's, 1960's and the outfits for kids..or Dirty Harry and his 44 magnum created a big gun maket for that gun sold to adults...The fireball xl5, Voyage to the bottom of the sea, move and TV show, Batman, all sold toys for kids.....Many Movies and TV shows sell stuff to adults...
Abrams is not getting merchandise...
if you know Disney...that was 99% of the reason they bought lucas out.
nobody loves sweatshops and suckers at walmart more
she could use a night out with us at slides....call us....777 777 7777–kay?
Hmmm a recent rumor..
JJ Abrams will use a new character to resurrect the Evil Sith, and their Dark Force in the Universe ...A computer generated Dick Cheney as the Sith Master Lord that trained The Evil Emperor Sith Master Palpatine..The Evil Sith Emperor teacher was not killed....
Palpatine thought he had killed his master, and so he buried him, but he was still alive.. The Evil Sith Master Dick Cheney was just fully paralyzed ...and using his powers of the dark force survived...and healed himself..in his own grave..but it took a long time 50 years...and made him completely mad...and Dick Cheney now has many imaginary friends like a big 6 foot rabbit named Harvey...Harvey was Dick Cheney's closed friend for 50 years while he was paralyzed and buried in his own grave.....
Ohh the screen writers are delighted.. then new story line possibilities are endless.....The Evil Sith Master has used his powers of the Dark force to create an invisible 6 foot rabbit that fights like a Jedi and can appear anywhere in the universe and battle the Jedi....Only spraying 100% vegetable oil on this monster, can make the Evil Sith Rabbit visible for 1 hour.....Then that Evil rascally 6 foot rabbit Sith disappears again....
Them must be some good drugs you are on. lmao Party on, dude.
Far too much time on this you spent. mmMMMMmm?
What drugs were they using when they designed that evil Space ship in the 2009 Stark Trek...Big and hollow....Right...They did that before in a Star Trek Move with a Death Ray planet killer..Ops They took the idea from the Star Wars Death Star........Oh You Know Hollywood has the best drugs,....
anyplace anytime....just need the signal
Hola? Does this piece of crêpe work????
(Pardon my French)
i would still do that man...truth
papa we can dupe you...
Lightsaber Lens Flares are going to look awesome!!!No doubt.
canary knows all.
It is good to know that LucasFilm joins the pro-immigrant lobby. Not that it was ever anti-immigrant!!
He will ruin it with his gimmicks like fake lens flares and Dutch angles. So much for the Star Wars franchise.
i actally don't think disney will be writing much just because there so much story after the triligies writen in books, comics and games. i hope disney aren't the ones writing anything.
They already said they aren't using any of the book stories...
It's official: Star Wars will become an Action Thriller. No storyline required.
Business As Usual for jlo
I heard Jennifer Lopez has already been cast as Princess Leah. It's is going to be good.
Note – also rumors are it will be released in 3D. Mega Cool !
How are the addition of J-Lo and/or 3D going to do -anything- to make these sequels great?
So JLo and 3D will make this movie great?
Pleeeeease say it ain't so! JLo would be a death blow to any star wars movie. Don't make this a "who's popular now" episode. And no to 3D, after the first 2 minutes it's just annoying anyway.
I feel like that poor Tonton on Hoth, Hans cut open with Lukes lightsaber.
what is this..
He will do a great job with Star Wars. Plus since Lucas wasn't going to do ep 7,8 or 9. What harm does it do? Can't be any worse then Ep. 1. Plus, any new Star Wars is still better then none. What if he nails it? What if the next 3 turn out to be the best in the Franchise? Well except Ep. 5. Can't beat that one no matter what.
haha yeah right these new ones will be the offspring of disney how could they not blow. just look at the director, its going to be terrible.
JJ Abrams is a hack. A HACK.
Him directing Star Wars is like Nickleback saying they're going to remake Led Zepellin's Physical Graffiti...
Like Justin Long starring as Michael Corleone in a remake of the Godfather...
He is the Carrot Top of his field...he can make it, but I won't watch it....Nay.
who are you 3 sorry i mean 300,000...
He screwed up Star Trek...so it seems obvious to let him wreck Star Wars as well?? I thought you were smarter than that Mr. Lucas.
Wow, by screwed up you mean produced the most highly rated Star Trek movie on Rottentomatoes (95%)? For the uninitiated Rottentomatoes is a meta-review site. The only Star Wars movie besting his Star Trek movie was Return of the Jedi (97%)
but that is so funny....
I agree with Gorsh. The 2009 Star Trek was just plain entertaining. Despite the nonsense that is "Red Matter" It was a good movie. I could point to many things in the pre Abrams Star Trek that make just as little sense. If you want to watch dying Star Trek, go watch a Jonathan Frakes directed movie. I look to the future and can't wait to see the next movie directed by Abrams.
they can call this star wars but i bet it will never feel like star wars
and why because we can hear it.
He absolutely nailed Trek!! That franchise was going down hard. He did the impossible, he made the characters young again. I'm a die hard Trek fan since the 60's & I didn't think it could be done .. but he definitely did it.
who cares jj
i love special effects...
Well, he turned Star Trek into special effects only and no substance, so I am sure he can do the same with Star wars.
Already done. I doubt anyone could do worse than the prequel trilogy.
business as usual?
Are you seriously complaining about too many special effects .. on a story about Star Wars??!! It was/is the Godfather of special effects movies .. that was the whole point of Star Wars to begin with! What do you want Star Wars to be .. "when Harry met Sally"?
want me too get you again-we'll give it a few days your too prepared now-
only truth was "fantasy"...hahahaha
Maybe J J can pull out the old alternate universe trick again and make it so Vader is alive and the underling of his nasty son Luke who is the emperor. Some probably haven't noticed, but J J likes to use the alternate universe trick quite a bit.
i haven't smoked a monster in years.....slapping my hand, stop visual, stop...bad queen of pop
Can smoke monsters be jedi?
just gotta remember to control that fantasy flash that comes before me.
"Use the lens flare Luke"
Personally, I like the choice of JJ to direct the next film (he did a great job with re-booting the Star Trek franchise so it's obvious he knows what he's doing when it comes to sci-fi movies), but for those that don't agree with the choice, let's hear who you would choose to direct the new film and why??
just because he has worked on all these films and they have been good dosen't mean he will make a good star wars film if anything its just going to stray away even further from the originals.
order pancakes yes papa can you hear me?
I didnt say he would definitely make a good Star Wars movie, I simply said he was a good choice of director considering his directing history....I did notice however that you decided not to mention who you would choose as a director for this movie and why...
red is my favorite color too
There is a great disturbance in the force, and what's with all these mouse traps lying around!?
Abrams took a tired, worn out franchise (Star Trek) and made the best movie in the series. 2009s Star Trek was the best Trek movie ever. (Well maybe second to Wrath of Khan). He may do the same for Star Wars.
Question-was he going to direct the next Star Trek but somehow "convinced" to switch to Star Wars?
We're eg and dave we are new to the blog - how is everyone this morning?
and it's official they will not be happy until they destroy the legacy of the original movies. try as I might it is getting harder to hold onto the greatness of the first 3. the prequels had awesome special effects but awful scripts. and from what I have read the next installments are going to worse as they intend to focus on the original cast. does anybody really want to carrie fisher as princess leiah today?even if she dropped 200lbs. she will still be to fat. maybe cast her as jabba's sister or a more fitting role but not leiah.
Have you seen what Abrams did with Star Trek? If not, go now. Watch it, then comment.
yeah and he did a good job on that but that franchise needed a fresh start as only a couple of the original trek films were really any good. I am just tired of the milking the name of one of the greatest movie series ever made. I am get old so maybe I am trying to hang on to a piece of my youth and trust me if you were 17 when the first one came out it left a impact on you. the prequels were great visually but awful script and acting wise. a stain on the star wars name. the idea of seeing the original cast in their classic roles just does not appeal to me and can only tarnish it more.
Is that a joke Gorsh? He butchered trek....
His is the highest rated on RottenTomatoes....
there is a j...but not everyday..hahaha
Please Mr. Abrams. Go back to using models and actual sets for the next Star Wars installment.
was memorable - she never misses a moment of looking like a fool
It's Saturday and my big toe hurts.
It's good to be the Director.
is he up yet?
Abrams is an amazing director; I'm sure he'll do great.
talking to herself again...move along nothing creative
The books are great.. the movies are great.. its all good. keep making more. if you don't like it you don't have to watch it. its that simple.
Luke! The lens flare will be with you, always!
and so will the canary
Let me ask you nay-sayers a question... when was the last time you produced or directed ANYTHING??? Was it Notable or memorable or EPIC?? NO so i guess you should let the man work; Let JJ do his job. I Can't Wait!!! PS. I love Fringe. I think this will be great but yeah go easy on the lens flares.
is this the star wars triology?
That one has not done a feat on their own is not a valid condemnation of their dislike for the announcement. It may well be true that they cannot do better AND that this is a bad choice for director. Their ability to do or not do a thing themselves has nothing to do with anything. It is merely a cheap internet trick for poor debaters to use in an effort to falsely discredit the voices they don't like.
... Jar Jar?
I am sure that name will stick if the movie sucks.
With Star Trek, as well as many of his TV series, my impression is that he's not the type of director that would put JarJar or Ewoks back into the next movie, which is a big plus. We'll have action, special effects, and hopefully a decent plot even if Disney is putting a rush on it.
Seriously, the story has been told. Enough already.
And I'm a HUGE fan of the first three, I just dont care anymore for anything made beyond them, the prequels were horrendous. The bas_tardization of Star Wars continues... like it has in comics, stup_id video games, Lego's, you name it... all just awful. I cringe everytime I see more junk that expands on SW.
Your not looking at the big picture.
It's NOT about the movie it'self.The story maters very little.It's about the MERCHANDISE!!! The toys and crap that this movie will generate all over the world is mind-boggeling.
Paramount should have handed the franchise over to either Quentin Tarantino or Timur (Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) Bekmambetov. I'm hoping it will just be turned into a musical about all the Star Wars merchandise and how, back in the day, we always knew that Star Wars was better than Star Trek until the next movie came out, and then we knew Star Trek was better. And it could have Leonard Nimoy in there singing "I love Courscant in the Spring Time" with people from Al Capone's gangsters rocking tommy guns and dancing to the Can-Can musicals. But wait, Lens Flare! And then Scott Bakula could leap in and say "Oh boy!" every five seconds as he leaps repeatedly into every single character in the story, just as they kill Kenny, who walks on just in time to see them pin a medal for excellence in science fiction entertainment on Rick Berman's chest (and I mean literally pin it to his chest, not a shirt or jacket or even a pin-striped gray vest that he bought last Thursday at Walmart, with the blood and gore and all that just gushing out on stage.)
It is too late for you, Lucas.
JJ Abrams will show you the true nature of the Force.
He is your master now.
not much longer folks
He's no Roger Delgado. Sorry.
"To [have Abrams] be a part of the next chapter of the 'Star Wars saga' . . . is an absolute HORROR." This guy is a joke.
Probably picked JJ because he's in tight with Speilberg Disney's first choice. I would think maybe Neill BlomKamp or Guillermo del Toro (pacific rim looks fun). Super 8 was not bad but Signs sucked monkey balls.
What did j.j. Abrams do on signs?
i hope there is npo princesse
just get it done and over with.
Combine Star Trek and Star Wars into one movie. It will be awesome because JJ directed it.
Spock vs. Han Solo
But what if Vader sits in a chair singing "I'll take you home again, Kathleen" in an operatic punk-rock voice?
Already looking forward to seeing it.
I can't wait to see all the lightsaber lens flare!
OMG! You're absolutely right, Sean! That 2009 "Star Trek" movie drove me nuts with all of that stupid lens flare Abrams deliberately added! I hope Disney will have none of that nonsense!
It is said that nobody is as skilled with artificial lens flares as J.J. Abrams is.
Oh I sure hope they are better than the last 3. I really dont think it is possible to do any worse than Lucas did on 1 2 and 3. All Abrams has to do is keep JarJar and Hayden Christensen out of them and we will be fine.
Darth Vader is dead aka Hayden Christensen and Jar Jar was a throw in that was suppose to be dark sided, but Lucas made him light so the little kids could watch and only 10% of episode one was acutally planned the rest was thrown together. Get over the Jar Jar Binks crap that's the only excuse anyone can come up with for episode one.
This is not the director you're looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.
Good. I was afraid they would commission for the task that talentless M.Night Shaymalan to finally ruin Star Wars.
I'm not a M. Night Shaymalan fan myself his movies are boring and stupid.
As Luke said...
Nooooooooooo!!!!! That's not true. It's impossible!
May the force be with you J.J.
That is so disappointing. I hate everything J.J. Abrams has done.
Right there, up top, chump:
J.J. Abrams .... producer
Josh Appelbaum .... co-producer
Bryan Burk .... producer
Jeffrey Chernov .... executive producer
Tom Cruise .... producer
David Ellison .... executive producer
Tommy Harper .... co-producer
David Minkowski .... co-producer: Czech Republic
André Nemec .... co-producer
Tabrez Noorani .... line producer: India
Ben Rosenblatt .... associate producer
Pravesh Sahni .... associate producer
Tim Smythe .... co-producer
Matthew Stillman .... co-producer: Czech Republic
i think he's in love with a 50 year old boxed woman....he's gonna walk i just know it – i better get my hopper dish that can travel all the way down his shorts so i can see exactly what he's doing–
Yes very disappointed. :( Its all about $$ :(
J.J. Abrams didn't direct Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird did.
No, but he produced it, as is clearly stated in the article.
"No, but he produced it, as is clearly stated in the article."
Actually no, it doesn't. His company, Bad Robot, was one of six production companies involved, and was not the presenting production company
the more Star Wars
What a racist hateful mind you have.
You should go to Afghanistan. You could be an IED test dummy.
I am Black. I do not refer to myself as an "African American" because simply I don't know where the **** my ancestors came from. I will let applications, ppl, etc categorize me by my skin color since thats what Americans basically do is categorize everything meaning nothing makes sense without a label. But ANYWAY. jUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW LAWANDA YOU ARE AN IDIOT. AND I DO NOT SUPPORT YOUR COMMENT.
Oh god...the trolling...
Bet you're as black as my rice. Troll fail.
Have Tyler Perry make that movie see how that works out for you.
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