On Friday the Walt Disney Company confirmed that acclaimed film director and television producer J.J. Abrams would be directing the upcoming “Star Wars” movie that is meant to launch a new trilogy for yet another generation of movie-goers. Rumors began circling the internet on Thursday that the director of the new “Star Trek” films would be at the helm of the new “Stars Wars” movie set to debut in 2015.
“J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay,” said Disney in a press release late Friday afternoon.
Abrams had originally took to the internet soon after Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion to say that he had turned down an offer to direct the new film coming from the studio. The film, which will be titled “Episode VII” will pick up after the events of the original trilogy. George Lucas was thrilled with the news, and will have a consultant role for the film.
Lucas was quoted in the release as saying, “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.” He continued to elaborate on the decision to put Abrams at the helm. ”He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
Disney did not say if the upcoming “Star Wars” movies being produced by the studio are part of the recent partnership the studio struck with Netflix. The deal will see Disney films added to the popular video-streaming service starting in 2016. In the meantime, fans of both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” will get to debate on whether having the same director at the helm for both franchises is a good or bad thing.