J.J. Abrams To Direct “Star Wars VII”

Posted: February 5, 2013 in Movie News


It’s official. Director J.J. Abrams is set to helm the first (and possibly the rest) of the new Star Wars trilogy. This news may have come as a shock to some, but to most it was a wisp of fresh air. The most impressive of Abrams’ résumé includes director’s seat for Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness; as well as producer of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the Lost television series.

The cause for apprehensiveness among the fans would, in simple explanation, be that Star Wars has never been steered by anyone other than George Lucas. This separation between Lucas and Star Wars has taken its toll among fans like an esteemed sea captain leaving his ship takes a toll on the crew.

“Star Wars and Lucas are as inseparable as two well-beloved droids,” some have claimed. While others, still ruptured by the prequels, are quite eager to throw Lucas out altogether and bring in a young, fresh director who can breathe new life into the series.

But the general emotion being stirred up since the news of this reunion is that Abrams truly is the right man for the job. After all, it isn’t as if he knows nothing about science-fiction. I think the fact that he was able to take an old, somewhat-stale film series and revamp them to appeal to the modern crowd as well as the older crowd is tribute enough that Mr. Abrams can indeed handle his responsibilities. I personally have confidence in J.J. Abrams, solely from his work on Star Trek. He was able to create a fresh and exciting take on the series while perfectly retaining the original essence of the story.

"Tell me, J.J., how do you feel about bringing back Jar Jar Binks?"

“Tell me, J.J., how do you feel about bringing back Jar Jar Binks?”

But I can understand the populace’s concern. After all, Star Wars has become, in the hearts of many, more than just movies. Ever since we first saw that Imperial Star Destroyer fly overhead for what seemed like eternity, Star Wars has become a cultural phenomenon not only at the cinemas, but in our hearts. And that is the wonderful thing about film—-the way it can lift us out of our seats and whisk us away to another place and time, or merely arouse our emotions in a way that little else can. This was the magic Star Wars created for us, and it is the magic that we still desire for future films and the next generation.

So what are your thoughts? Is J.J. Abrams qualified for this sort of thing, or should Disney have chosen someone else? Think carefully before answering, and don’t just state, “Well anything would be better than those awful prequels!”




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