1. J.J. Abrams Is The Director
The big man himself, George Lucas, will not direct Episode VII, and whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you. Many people still don’t know that he didn’t direct The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. On Jan 24, 2013, it was confirmed that J.J Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII, after it was apparently leaked that Matthew Vaughn would direct. Other directors rumored included Brad Bird, Joss Whedon, Neill Blomkamp and Joseph Kosinski.
Abrams is widely considered to be a competent and talented director, especially if the early reviews of Star Trek Into Darkness are anything to go by, as well as a proud nerd, with credits including Alias, Revolution, Alcatraz, and of course, his two most well known shows, Lost and Fringe. And while Mission Impossible 3 was a bit of a disappointment, as his first feature it was more than impressive. And Super 8 proved that he is perfectly capable of creating drama and emotion in addition to big special effects, while both his Star Trek films showed how he was capable of introducing a modern spin on a beloved franchise.
While he may not have been everyone’s first choice of director (it seems to be a requirement of any big blockbuster film today that Guillermo Del Toro must turn down the chance to direct), Abrams, with his certified geek credentials, is certainly a solid call.
So what do you think about the new Star Wars movies? Can 2015 not come soon enough or for you did the franchise end with Luke gazing at the Force Ghosts with the Ewok song playing in the background?