J.J. Abrams to Direct Next 'Star Wars': Will He Do the Franchise Justice?

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J.J. Abrams seems to have changed his mind after previously saying, “I’m not the director you looking for.” News broke yesterday that the 46-year-old, who left TV fans stranded on the island on “Lost,” has signed on to helm the highly anticipated film “Star Wars: Episode VII.” According to reports, Abrams beat out other A-listers like the currently white-hot Ben Affleck for the gig.

On some levels it makes sense. Abrams is a well-respected guy in Hollywood. And he already revived “Star Trek” to the delight of the franchise’s ferociously critical devotees. But it’s no secret that Trekkies and “Star Wars” fans have long been embittered in a battle over which series is superior. So it’s interesting to consider the notion that one man would be responsible for modernizing both. Will he do for the elder Han Solo what he managed to do for the young Mr. Spock?

If he comes to the table with the same level of reverence with a hint of camp that he did for “Trek,” he might pull it off. And he could possibly kickstart the final trilogy and restore some of the luster that was lost in the first three episodes. So, do you think J.J. Abrams will do the "Star Wars" franchise justice?

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  • twhiting9275 2013/01/25 18:01:08
    What on EARTH was Disney thinking? A Star Trek director doing Star Wars? Yeah, this is going to have things in an uproar alright.

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  • Dave 007 2013/03/03 14:37:11
    Dave 007
    So Star Wars is going to turn into Lost. Fans will flock to see it regardless.
  • don 2013/02/02 22:07:20
    I really hope so
  • JPS 2013/02/01 04:44:36
    Can't be worse than the prequels. But I hope he keeps his lvoe for the lens flare in check.
  • nicesteve 2013/01/31 01:21:08
    Although I doubt that he'll be quite as good as Lucas, I think that he'll be fine.
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/01/30 21:19:37
  • silentart 2013/01/30 03:27:48
    Can JJ Abrams do better than Lucas? Will there be other space battle epic or souped vechile race?
  • Terence Pang 2013/01/29 19:19:52
    Terence Pang
    I hope he doesn't make it blue
  • Ramón 2013/01/29 17:47:43
    Megan Fox as Yoda! Yay!
  • tomwebe... Ramón 2013/02/05 17:27:49
    Mmmmmm. Megan Fox as Yoda's offspring, Yada-Yada.
  • patriot mom 2013/01/29 14:29:35
    patriot mom
    Absolutely! The creative genius he displayed with LOST has me as a fan, and I love Star Wars. Can't wait.
  • carlton999 2013/01/29 07:35:50
    If you saw the last Star Trek movie you know JJ can do Star Wars. He said that he was going to use the Star Wars formula for ST and it was a hit. As a ST fan I think he did a good job on it even though I wanted to hate the movie.

    If he can rip it off he can certainly do the real thing.
  • MikeZed 2013/01/29 06:57:41
    I think he will because he understands something that George Lucas forgot: storytelling is as much about what you don't tell us as what you do. Lucas provided that in the beginning and then started explaining the Force and spent three movies unmasking the character whose mysterious nature had so mystified us in his earlier films. Watch Abrams' lecture "The Mystery Box" on TED talks. He understands this stuff.
  • AdmrlLocke 2013/01/29 06:42:59
    By selecting Abrams to direct, Disney has (virtually) guaranteed that the next Star Wars movie will be great.
  • DOriginalDonald 2013/01/29 02:00:10
    Star Wars VIII:LOST directed by Jar Jar Abrams

    (you mean you DIDN'T know what the JJ stood for???????)
  • Avi Rosen DOrigin... 2013/01/29 11:21:46
    Avi Rosen
    Loved it! No One beats Lucas and...
  • Executor 2013/01/29 01:57:30
    Absolutely, his take on Star Trek was a better Star Wars film than any of the prequels.
  • lima 2013/01/29 01:49:22
    I am not too sure. Lets say I don't know.
  • macy 2013/01/28 23:55:21
    I don't care, go Harry Potter.
  • Miranda 2013/01/28 22:55:50
    He might be a great director and do well on the movie, but they shouldn't have gone past the original 3 if they wanted to do the movies justice!
  • Miranda Miranda 2013/01/28 22:57:00
    Franchise, not movies...
  • MikeZed Miranda 2013/01/29 07:01:53
    Good point.
  • HipJipC 2013/01/28 22:45:08
    I'm a Trekkie, so I really don't care either way. I hope he does though for the sake of Star Wars fans.
  • JGF 2013/01/28 20:33:35
    If he does to Star Wars what he did to Star Trek, he may just kill both franchises.
  • Tasinahri 2013/01/28 20:18:58 (edited)
    As for this last comment: "restore some of the luster that was lost in the first three episodes". I didn't care for that one bit.

    The "luster" you speak of was never lost on this amazing trilogy. It was always there and will be one of the all time trilogies to maintain that. I think.
  • ninja19 2013/01/28 19:29:17 (edited)
    I like star wars so he might do it right I'll go see it I mean I heard super 8 was good and star trek was good but my boyfriend on the other hand who's a bigger scifi nerd he thinks Hollywood ruined his childhood he hated the new star trek and he is even more pissed off that this dude is doing star wars so stars might be one movie he'll drop me off at the movies and pick me after it's over which Is saying a lot because he watched the twilight movies with me no problem but I asked him
    To go see the new star trek movie and I got an earful about it but hey he is true Trekkie what can you expect? He really thinks J,J Abrams killed startrek for him I know there are a lot more die hard star trek fans out there feel the same way
  • Edstorm08 2013/01/28 17:58:44
    Hopefully they will be much better than the last 3 episodes. Sorry Lucas.
    At the same time I also hope that they will not be pushed too far to the "edgy-hollywoodiesh" cheese side, so that the franchise will loose its charm.

    But, I'm afraid that it will happen with other directors who just seek to blast us with endless and overwhelming CGI effects that the story get lost. Ahem Michael Bay.
    I'm also afraid that bias political and social agendas will find their way into the series tainting the wholesomeness of the characters. But that's the Hollywood way.
    Until that happens I'm a big fan of StarWars.
  • MsDianna 2013/01/28 17:41:43
    stop screwing with "Star Wars"
  • Mick 2013/01/28 17:22:56
    He did a STELLAR JOB with Star Trek. He kept his and the characters humor and humanity intact. He stayed true to the previous story line (sometimes overly so in my opinion) but to most true devotee fans he walked the tightrope and survived. There is far less back story with Star Wars but FAR More exposure of that story than with Star Trek. His mind was changed by the impossible challenge of the entire thing. Good Luck to him. I am betting on him and counting on him.
  • rnr 2013/01/28 16:43:25
    If he could breathe life into tho worm-eaten corpse of Star Trek what can't he do?
  • Not My Real Name 2013/01/28 16:42:31
    Not My Real Name
    I've written a 108-page rebuttal on why J. J. Abrams....
  • bobby 2013/01/28 16:20:59
    end it please
  • Insanebane 2013/01/28 15:46:17
    He probably knows more about Star Wars than George Lucas
    himself does. Let J.J. surprise us.
  • belikebunce 2013/01/28 15:23:50
    He couldn't possibly do more damage to the franchise than Lucas did w/ Episodes 1-3.
  • NeoPaladine 2013/01/28 15:00:48
    He can direct but the story is the most important factor. They should be smart and adapt the Timothy Zahn trilogy saga if they want a sure fire hit.
  • jpb 2013/01/28 14:50:40
    Remember something else he said. He was a huge Star Wars fan growing up and didn't know anything about Star Trek. Imagine what he could do with something for which he is a fan.
  • mankatt 2013/01/28 14:50:09
    Im more annoyed with what he did to Star Trek.
  • Pilot337 2013/01/28 14:42:26
    Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and see. And remember, he's directing, not writing. I think the real pressure is on whoever is writing the screenplay.
  • cranejumper 2013/01/28 14:39:01
    has 50/50 chance
  • Mr. C 2013/01/28 14:36:46
    Mr. C
    Great director, the acting might even improve too, but only if the storyline that is in place with the books that are already out is followed, otherwise it'll be a flop to Star Wars fans.
  • ratclifft~pwcm 2013/01/28 11:06:45
    if they let alone it will something to look forward for . he did better than i thought it would be with star trek

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