UPDATED: The official press release just dropped tonight and is included below.
So yeah, the news that broke the internet today and even stole my earlier scoop’s thunder.
Lucas Shaw at TheWrap has exclusively reported that JJ Abrams got the Star Wars gig.
He is directing Episode VII.
I really thought Jon Favreau was going to get the gig.
The Wrap story further says that:
Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood — and a man beloved by fanboys. He runs one of the industry’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Alias.” He has also directed film spectacles “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek” and “Super 8.”
The lure of the Jedi was too strong, and it will no doubt complicate his relationship with Paramount, where Bad Robot is a top supplier. Abrams has been feverishly working on “Star Trek Into Darkness,” his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. “Into Darkness,” still in post-production, opens May 18.
I’m not feeling it because I’m like, dude, didn’t you just direct a Star Trek sequel?! A lot of the trekkies I know are not having it. They feel betrayed. I would too. But the kicker to me is that Abrams denied directing the new Star Wars movie back in November which goes to show that you can’t trust official denials anymore FROM ANYONE.
Let that be a lesson to would be debunkers.
Regardless, we should be getting the official press release soon.
“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “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 went on to say “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.”
“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.”
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