reportedly is moving from one Star
to the other.
is the first to report that Abrams will helm the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VI
I for Disney and Lucasfilm. The site says the studio went with Abrams over Ben Affleck, and the director will “have to jump right into Star Wars
” in order to make the pre-determined 2015 release date. Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3
) currently is hammering out the screenplay.
The insane part of the story, of course, is that Abrams helped reboot the OTHER major sci-fi franchise in our cinematic universe – Star Trek
. In fact, he’s prepared to deliver Star Trek Into Darkness
this summer before transitioning completely into Star Wars
Abrams has had a hand in science-fiction over the course of his career. At Bad Robot, they have been responsible for television shows like “Lost” and “Fringe,” and Abrams has produced and/or directed films like Star Trek, M:I III and Super 8.
He’s a fanboy, too. And he gets a ton of cred for rebooting Star Trek with a fresh cast and a new timeline. If Abrams is able to rescue Star Wars from the digital clutches of George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, which left such a bad taste in fans' mouths, he’ll earn a spot equal to a Roman God in the minds of film geeks everywhere.
No pressure, Mr. Abrams. Let’s see what you can do.