“Lost.” “Alias.” “Fringe.” Reboots of the “Star Trek” and “Mission Impossible” franchise films.
Could there be any other reason to love J.J. Abrams even more than we already do?
Well, yes, my young padawans, there is: The talented director/producer/writer – and Sarah Lawrence graduate – is reportedly set to head the next “Star Wars” movie, slated for a 2015 release.
(We’ll pause here for a moment since we expect the brains of all fellow fanboys and girls are exploding right now.)
The news was first reported yesterday by multiple media outlets like The Wrap , with no denials coming from Abrams or Disney, which bought Lucasfilm last year for a boatload of dough and announced that it would be making more of the iconic “Star Wars” movies.
The blogosphere went wild with speculation on who might take the reins of the first one, and Abrams had been mentioned, even though he said wouldn’t be directing it in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in November.
Even so, here’s what else he had to say in that same interview:
As a kid I was always a fan of special effects. Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of.”
So go now and spread the joy, folks: Good news this is.
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