Yes. I’m well aware that title makes zero sense to most people, but I will be explaining myself later.
Most of you would have heard by now that in October 2012, George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion dollars.
As part of the announcement, Disney had said they would be completing the series of Star Wars movies, starting with number 7. Keep in mind, that even though Lucas said he would never film the final three, he’s actually pretty much written them all, so all Disney needs to do is add some finishing touches. Oh, and the minor task of finding a director to film them.
Friday morning I woke to the news that a director had been found!! Now this is where I explain the title …
“Set Phasers to Stun” is a line that frequents Star Trek. “Using the Force” is a term coined in the Star Wars universe.
Why am I mixing the two? Well the director of Star Trek, and Star Trek into Darkness (May 2013 release) is slotted to direct Star Wars Episode VII.
J.J. Abrams worked wonders on Star Trek. As a Trekkie, I was hesitant when I heard that they were remaking Trek. But it was fantastic. Beyond brilliant even.
But can the director of Star Trek, be a good director for Star Wars?
I don’t doubt Abrams’ ability to do this at all. I really love his style. But will his vision for Star Wars mesh well with the current movies? Or will it be completely different?
Star Wars fans are used to the movies being a certain way. It’s hard to explain how they are actually filmed. They are the way they are. The way Abrams filmed the first Star Trek was almost artistic, the way he had the Enterprise barrel roll through space, or how it peaked through the rings of Saturn.
Will Abrams go arty with Star Wars?
The biggest issue I think is that these last three movies are such an unknown entity. None of us know what to expect as far as storyline goes, we aren’t sure what characters are going to be in it, NOTHING!
What we do know is that so many celebs have put their hands up and said “hell yeah, we’ll be in it!” The original cast have said they’d love to come back, plus others actors, such as the delectable Tom Hiddleston have said they’d love to be involved. Honestly, I’d watch the movies anyway, but with Tom Hiddleston in them? Oh my …
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Number 7 is scheduled for a 2015 release date, so I’m sure more information will trickle out eventually. Until it does though, it’s speculation all round!
What are your thoughts on J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars? Do you think he’ll take it in a new direction? What actors would you like to see in the new Star Wars?