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Disney enlists J.J. Abrams to direct new ‘Star Wars’ film

Contributing Entertainment Writer

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 09:01

Every child grows up with a dream profession, whether it’s becoming a firefighter, actor/actress, basketball player or a doctor, and these dreams are present and strong.

Society can affect ones dreams through entertainment, politics, education or cultures. For one boy who grew up watching a trilogy that would become a Hollywood masterpiece, this dream became possible. And now at the relatively young age of 46, J.J. Abrams has already managed to establish his name in the world of television and film as a director. The executive producer of TV series such as “Fringe” (2008-13) and “Lost” (2004-10) as well as several other popular television shows and films has been recently chosen for a highly anticipated project: “Star Wars Episode VII.”

According to, Abrams was primarily reluctant to take on the new film, “because of my loyalty to ‘Star Trek’ and also just from being a fan I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things.”

While finishing his work on the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the new project on the director’s agenda is the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel. Although no plot has been revealed, the “Star Wars” trilogy has coursed through many generations, becoming classic films for both children and adults. Walt Disney Studios has agreed to acquire the movie rights from original owner Lucasfilm.

Abrams will be working alongside his producing partner Bryan Burk, who has helped him work on several films, including “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Michael Arndt, who has penned both “Toy Story 3” and the upcoming “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” will be working on the script for the “Star Wars” film as well.

Abrams and his associates have found ample support for the creation of this film. George Lucas, the beloved creator of “Star Wars” as well as Lucasfilm, was reported by the UK Guardian to have said of Abrams, “he is an ideal choice to direct the Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

Expectations will be soaring from avid “Star Wars” fanatics and critics. Over time, Abrams changed his mind about the project and informed the public, “I may be more grateful to George Lucas now than when I was a kid.”

Abrams now has the chance to direct a film whose origins were one of his favorites while growing up.  The trilogy has been a staple of entertainment since its creation in 1977. Lucas will allow Abrams to inherit the reputed “force,” the popular Star Wars slogan that is now considered pop culture. Film enthusiasts will have to wait to see the production come together under Abrams brilliant directorial skills. “Star Wars: Episode VII” is expected to be released in 2015.

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