Hey TORWarriors welcome to the first issue of a new regular feature about all things Star Wars! In this series we’re aiming to broaden our focus from Star Wars: The Old Republic and explore the wider scope of the Star Wars universe. We’ll be sharing news and opinion about upcoming developments on and around Star Wars and curating unique & interesting finds that are related to our favorite Sci Fi epic.
To kick off this series it’s only right that we talk about the latest huge development in Star Wars and that would be the news that J.J. Abrams has been brought on by Disney/Lucasfilm to direct Episode 7!
This story exploded on to the interwebs around the middle of last week and I have to admit that after a few other false alarms (Remember that time Zack Snyder was doing a standalone Star Wars film and then he wasn’t?) I was a bit skeptical at first. It didn’t help that Disney, Bad Robot and others either had no comment or weren’t returning calls on the subject. Finally, after a couple of days of “will he or won’t he” and at least ten thousand jokes about lens flare in my Twitter feed we finally got official confirmation that Mr. Abrams was indeed at the helm of the newest Star Wars trilogy.
After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy.
Ms. Kennedy goes on to say:
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie, J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”
George Lucas also shared his thoughts on J.J. taking the helm of his beloved franchise:
“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.” He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
And finally, a few words from Mr. Abrams himself:
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
There’s a few more details about the Bad Robot team being involved in the production and some comments from a few Star Wars veterans about the passing of the torch to a new generation of creators. You can find the entire article here.
So what say you Star Wars fans? How do you feel about the decision to bring in J.J. Abrams for Episode 7? While Abrams’ record speaks for itself, it’s interesting to note that the Bad Robot writing team will likely not be very involved in the project as Disney had previously announced that it had brought in Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt to write the screenplay. To be honest I like the idea of the writing being done by someone outside the team as I’m not always thrilled with Bad Robot productions and I think a couple of the writers associated with other Abrams projects have shown that they are not quite as good as we originally thought. Furthermore, bringing people together with disparate points of view and a variety of skills and backgrounds injects some risk into a project but can also lead to some pretty incredible results. I’m looking forward to watching how things develop and seeing where the Star Wars saga goes under Disney and it’s new stewards. We’re a ways off from May 2015 but I suspect the journey to Episode 7 is going to be almost as exciting as the end product.
Bonus Round: Take a look at this fan made concept poster for Episode 7. It’s a fantastic piece of art that really evokes the Star Wars mythos while not giving anything away. Unfortunately, I don’t know the source of this image as it was emailed to me without any details. (If you’re the artist, please contact me so I can give appropriate credit.)
That wraps it up for this issue of Around The Galaxy. Star Wars is a vast universe of awesome and I’m always looking for stuff to share but there’s so much that it’s easy to miss something cool. If you’ve seen something Star Warsy and iconic (see what I did there?) that you think is worth sharing please let me know so I can check it out! You can contact me via TORWars or get my attention over on Twitter @HolyCrapItsLate.
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