Chose assez hallucinante, le site The Wrap nous apprend que J.J. Abrams sera bien le réalisateur de Star Wars: Episode VII, alors que lui-même l’avait démenti le mois dernier en disant qu’il était trop occupé par sa saga Star Trek.

 

Mise à jour : L’annonce a été officialisé par DISNEY / LUCASFILM dans un communiqué publié ci-dessous 

Il faut croire que Disney qui a dernièrement racheté LucasFilm a su le convaincre. J.J. Abrams n’a jamais caché être un très grand fan de la saga, mais de là à faire des Lens Flare lors des combats de sabres laser, il ne s’y voyait pas (trop de flash??). La crainte venait aussi de la peur de faire doublon avec Star Trek. Disney/LucasFilm avait aussi pris contact avec Ben Affleck pour lui proposer la réalisation. Le film devrait sortir en 2015.
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Pour le moment, cette information n’a pas à été confirmée par LucasFilm 

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.

« 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. »

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

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