Revolution producer, J. J. Abrams, gets to helm his dreams-really-do-come-true project.
Walt Disney Co. confirmed on Friday that Abrams, Emmy Award winner creator of Lost, has been asked to direct the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise.
Lucasfilm, which Disney purchased last month caused quite the industry buzz as well as creating fandom fears. A huge deal, the 4.06 billion sale stirred up the biggest controversy dogging the Star Wars franchise for years – should there be more films?
A seasoned vet of storied-space reboots, Abrams directed both Star Trek films for Paramount Pictures. The next installment in that series, Star Trek: Into Darkness, is set to hit theaters May 17.
However, it’s no surprise to fans that Abrams would jump ships in favor of Star Wars. His devotion documented by his avid discussion of the original Star Wars plot in the lecture series, TED Talks and the rumor that he and co-creator Damon Lindelof got along famously at their first meeting in part because Lindelof was wearing a Star Wars t-shirt.
According to AP Associated Press, Abrams called it an “absolute honor” to get the job and that “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
How this news will affect Abram’s production duties on Revolution, no one is discussing that right now, still celebrating this coup for him. His obvious touch though can be seen on Revolution with its high-quality filming and tight writing, so I’d hate to see him leave even for the joys of a childhood dream.