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J.J. Abrams To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
mtv.com ^ | Jan 24 2013 5:03 PM EST

Posted on 01/24/2013 2:46:00 PM PST by BenLurkin

Abrams was frequently cited as a fan-favorite pick for the "Star Wars" job, but his connection to the "Star Trek" series seemingly took him out of the running. Abrams even clarified in a December interview that he was approached by Lucasfilm to direct the new "Star Wars" movie, but he passed out of loyalty to "Trek."

"[Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers," he said at the time. "It's in great hands. There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to 'Star Trek,' and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them."

Now, it appears that Abrams does want to be involved in the minutiae of making a "Star Wars" film. In landing the job, Abrams beats out an extensive list of rumored hopefuls including the likes of Ben Affleck and Jon Favreau. It also marks Abrams' second high-profile intergalactic franchise; his next "Star Trek" film, subtitled "Into Darkness," cruises into theaters this coming May.

"Star Wars: Episode VII," written by Michael Arndt and directed by J.J. Abrams, hits theaters in 2015.

(Excerpt) Read more at mtv.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: jjabrams; starwars

1 posted on 01/24/2013 2:46:01 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Can I pick the Title?

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Hideous Death of Jar Jar Binks

2 posted on 01/24/2013 2:51:39 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: BenLurkin

Now that the Disney Jawas have picked through the scraps, they pull out Jar Jar to write the story and some hairy Ewoks to direct....


3 posted on 01/24/2013 2:53:10 PM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: BenLurkin
Oh no...no.no.no.no.

there will NEVER be an ending, story lines left WIDE open, random thoughts and ideas...

Have none of the decision makers seen LOST?

4 posted on 01/24/2013 2:53:41 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: BenLurkin

Abrams’ Star Wars would be the greatest showcase of lens flares in the history of cinema.


5 posted on 01/24/2013 3:01:00 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: BenLurkin
Lens flares in the opening crawl!!


6 posted on 01/24/2013 3:02:35 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Michael Barnes

The writer wrote the end to Toy Story 3, so have plenty of tissues handy.


7 posted on 01/24/2013 3:02:45 PM PST by llmc1
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To: Tzimisce; Michael Barnes; Vince Ferrer

From Wikipedia: “On January 14, 2013, Vulture reported that Zack Snyder would be working on a stand-alone Star Wars film; a Jedi/samurai type based on the film Seven Samurai.”

It’s already been done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13CTKTkMvc


8 posted on 01/24/2013 3:04:52 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: GunRunner

That hurts my eyes.


9 posted on 01/24/2013 3:05:43 PM PST by llmc1
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To: BenLurkin

Now we can again ask the age old question: Star Trek Enterprise vs. Death Star or Corellean Cruiser?

No point to put BSG in the mix. They got their butts beaten so many times it seemed like a Girl Scout Troop from Monon, Indiana could beat them up.


10 posted on 01/24/2013 3:06:55 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: BenLurkin

Pretty soon all SF franchises will go through JJ’s computer. He should do better than the prequel trilogy though.


11 posted on 01/24/2013 3:07:31 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: BenLurkin

That’s an interesting idea, and certainly bringing Star Wars back to its Kirosawa roots (New Hope was heavily ripped off from Hidden Fortress, so much so that Lucas provided the commentary on the criterion DVD). Not sure how well Snyder’s epic violence works in Star Wars though.


12 posted on 01/24/2013 3:12:19 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: freedumb2003

13 posted on 01/24/2013 3:13:27 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Jar Jar is the reason Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side.

Episode 1 was the last Star Wars movie for me.


14 posted on 01/24/2013 3:41:19 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: Vince Ferrer

Full Title

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Hideous Death of Jar Jar Binks and the Annihilation of the Entire Gungan and Ewok Races


15 posted on 01/24/2013 3:44:09 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Spoiler: Episode VII takes place in purgatory.


16 posted on 01/24/2013 3:44:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: freedumb2003

In reality it’s probably the most realistic depictions though. War sucks, lots of people die, lots of ships get damaged and destroyed, battles are lost.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 3:46:56 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: cruise_missile
Jar Jar is the reason Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side.

It turned me to the dark side. I kept yelling to anyone on screen, "Take your weapon! Strike him down and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!"

18 posted on 01/24/2013 3:48:13 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: discostu

Doing better than the prequel trilogy is setting the bar pretty low I think.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 3:51:36 PM PST by xp38
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To: cruise_missile

All you missed in II & III were convoluted situations that had no cause and effect relation, incredibly wooden acting and a heaping helping of Muppetry.


20 posted on 01/24/2013 3:54:44 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

II was so bad I swore off trying to watch III ever. I actually thought they made VII already.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 4:33:31 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

You see? They suckered me with II.

I went ahead and bought III thinking that nothing could ever be as bad as II.

Boy-oh-boy! Was I wrong.


22 posted on 01/24/2013 4:51:12 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: BenLurkin

Apart from Joss Whedon, I can’t think of a better choice. Can’t wait!


23 posted on 01/24/2013 4:53:41 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Tzimisce

Well, since jar jar wasn’t in episodes 4-6, surely he won’t be in 7.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 4:59:29 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: GunRunner

Ain’t that the truth!!


25 posted on 01/24/2013 5:05:19 PM PST by Thorliveshere ( Aupono ac da tafor)
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To: GunRunner

Ain’t that the truth!!


26 posted on 01/24/2013 5:05:35 PM PST by Thorliveshere ( Aupono ac da tafor)
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To: BenLurkin

Is it wrong to pray the world will end before they screw up anymore of my childhood?


27 posted on 01/24/2013 8:03:07 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Abrams didn’t have much to do with Lost after the first season, so blame Lindlehof & Cruse for the horrible ending. In case you didn’t notice, Abrams has done a lot more than just Lost, and none of his other projects fit your description.


28 posted on 01/25/2013 6:07:02 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: xp38

It’s a license to print money, those tend to have low bars.


29 posted on 01/25/2013 7:09:41 AM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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