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Star Trek Director to Film New Star Wars Movie

​The latest report on the new Star Wars movie indicates that J.J. Abrams is, supposedly, going to film Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and LucasFilm.

Although this still hasn't been officially confirmed, it puts the Ben Affleck rumor to rest (there were reports that Affleck might sit in the director's chair for the new SW movie).

Star Wars: Episode VII already has Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt on board.

All things considered, these guys seem like the right choice, even though I did have my heart set on the whole thing being handled by Christopher Nolan, but I'm afraid that's just a pipe dream now.

Also, it's a shame Kershner isn't alive. He'd be the perfect choice.


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Ftmch Jan 25 2013, 06:27 am EST
while I like a lot of Nolan's films (especially The Prestige and Memento) I don't think he'd be the right man for a star wars movies, he doesn't have to direct EVERY reebot.

Speaking of which, I watched Skyfall a few days ago, and you can really tell that Sam Mendes has been influenced by Nolan when making the film (he has said so himself if I recall correctly), a lot of scenes really had that "nolan-feel" to them. Pretty good stuff. I hope he directs a couple more.
Vader [STAFF] Jan 25 2013, 06:36 am EST

Oh God no!

Star Wars Episode VII is not a reboot and mustn't be treated as such.
Reikhardt Jan 25 2013, 06:36 am EST
Just think of the lense flare off a lightsaber!
Vader [STAFF] Jan 25 2013, 06:52 am EST
Micheal Bay should be up to the task!
  EricHalfBee: Don't. Please don't. Not even in jest.
Bubu Jan 25 2013, 06:54 am EST
I like the first three movies (the newer ones) more than the old ones. There I said it.
  Vader: Enjoyed the new ones as well, although I'm afraid the…
Reikhardt: Nice troll Bubu.
EricHalfBee: Yeah we're not falling for that - way too obvious.
Terminator Jan 25 2013, 07:13 am EST
This is a huge mistake in my opinion. The same guy should NOT be making Star Trek and Star Wars.
drakevonlee Jan 25 2013, 07:15 am EST
fanboys turning over in there graves. trekie to make a star wars. maybe well see the enterpise i the background. id love that/
Duffey Jan 25 2013, 08:48 am EST
So im guessing Live long and may the force prosper?
Doomsday. Jan 25 2013, 09:40 am EST
I have a bad feeling about this!
260077 Jan 25 2013, 11:47 am EST
Now star wars fans will feel the pain as star treks do with JJ's new star trek films.
  Cheddar: Speak for yourself. I loved Abrams' take on Star Tre…
lord_fart_vader: LOL, We already felt the pain with George Lucas's new…
Breedy_Mcfluff Jan 25 2013, 12:46 pm EST
Is there going to be a sudden rise in "We Miss You, George" bumper stickers?

Honestly, that Abrams Star Trek movie is somewhat what the Star Wars prequels was/should've been, bunch of action and shit . Lucky Star Trek, it had fairly good writing and, I say, good directing. I'll give lens-flare rape a pass.

[Insert complaints about prequels]. I only see Abrams as the new director (if it is really official) as good news. Without George Lucas, I see only silver-linings.
gray fox Jan 25 2013, 02:24 pm EST
Honestly after watching the new one a few times the feel was more star wars then trek I thought. He should have done Star Wars not Trek.
RenegadeCZ Jan 25 2013, 03:30 pm EST
Cheddar Jan 25 2013, 07:03 pm EST
It doesn't matter who's picked to make it, they're all automatically the wrong choice.

And this is because there shouldn't fucking be a Stars Wars episode VII in the first place.
  LostPcGamer: Why's that?. There are plenty of books that continue …
Cheddar: It's a little amazing how you very same guys complain…
Terminator: Dude, they are rebooting almost everything in Hollywo…
Cheddar: Yeah, yeah. Well, just remember: Cheddar warned ya.…
perineum Jan 25 2013, 08:47 pm EST
Please use miniatures, please use miniatures....please.
run_like_snot Jan 25 2013, 09:18 pm EST
OH MY GOD! I used to LOOOOOOVE Star Wars when I was a kid.
Then I snapped into a better place, but I had to wait til I was 25.
Now I don't give a shit about Star Wars! May the Universe explode, suckers!
KraGeRzR Jan 25 2013, 10:13 pm EST
Fuck Star Wars. I say this with the utmost sincerity.

The entire generation that watched Star Wars and listened to ABBA is in their 50s now.

Only 30 more years of this...
  lord_fart_vader: May your 30 years go as quick as possible as not to f…
touretul Jan 26 2013, 04:48 am EST
Little Miss Sunshine? Toy Story 3? Star Trek?
WoW! This is going to be rich! I expect some Tom and Jerry Kids with 15 years old actors waving their dicks to one another in a colective masturbation frenzy.
Whisky Jan 26 2013, 01:50 pm EST
This, after I read an article from Entertainment Weekly a couple weeks ago where JJ swore he would not touch Star Wars with a 30 foot lightsaber.

Flip flopper! Is this guy running for office?
Miliowilix Jan 27 2013, 03:38 am EST
I see no real harm in making a new Star Wars movie. It even has a small tiny chance of being good. So why not?:)
Cheddar Jan 27 2013, 07:38 am EST
Star Wars is a hokey, shallow, high-fantasy IP pretending to be sci-fi; and the problem with the prequels is that in the absence of Han Solo's charisma, Vader's faceless badassery, and the glamour of all that never-before-seen visual effects in the 70s, that fundamental truth about the IP was exposed in full for the first time.

The thing is, the only way Abrams can actually put some modern polish and sophistication into this glorified B-movie space opera is if he significantly 'remixes' a bit about it all, much like he's already doing with Star Trek.

And the veteran Star Wars fans will surely go apeshit in rage over it... I don't think they'll deal with it anywhere near as well as the 'Trekies' did, already being so upset with what's come before. And this is why I think it'd just be for the best if the franchise were simply allowed to rest in peace.

At worst, Abrams' attempts at a more modern vision for Star Wars will be hamstrung by Disney execs looking to milk the proven formula of the prequels (which while broadly derided, still made a ton of money anyway)... at best, Abrams will be permitted to effectively quasi-reboot the IP to make it fresh again, but the legions of neck-beard Star Wars fans suffering from the delusion that the 1970s magic can somehow be perfectly replicated in the 21st century will be just as frothing at the mouth over it as they were with the prequels.

Maybe I'm just being too cynical. Maybe Abrams will be given the license he needs to be bold and fresh with the IP, and maybe the fans will be more reasonable about it than I give them credit for.

Can't help but doubt it, though.
  Cheddar: /rant


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