I just received word that the rumors are true – JJ Abrams is slated to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. This is exciting and incredible. Add to that Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt and the production values that Bad Robot, Lucas Films, and Disney will add gives me a tremendous hope that this will be an epic movie experience. I can’t think of any project JJ Abrams has been involved with that I haven’t loved.
Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, have been part of some of the best of TV and cinema in the past, many I am sure you will remember: Lost (who could forget), Alias, Star Trek, Super 8, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Felicity, and Fringe (so sad to see this great show end this season), and many more. The acting, directing, and production values of these shows are top-notch, and I’m excited to see what they will bring to the Star Wars franchise!
Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (writer for Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith) will be consulting on the project. Those are some of my favorite movies with lots of fun, action, and adventure.
Disney has been doing some fantastic projects lately, with last year’s Lincoln and the upcoming movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful. I am so excited with the direction that they are heading and that they have chosen to add the Star Wars franchise to their mix. Stay tuned, as I receive more updates from Disney and I am sure some really cool screen shots!