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J.J. Abrams Locked in to Direct Next Star Wars’ Film

The next installment will hit theaters in 2015.

By: Sarah Bauder
Published: January 25th, 2013 in Culture » Film » News
Tête-à-tête betwixt ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas (left) and J.J.AbramsPic: Joi Ito
May the force be with him – director/producer/screenwriter extraordinaire J.J. Abrams, has agreed to helm the next Star Wars installment for Disney. Last year, Disney shelled out a cool $4 billion for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise rights, then announced their intentions to make a seventh film in the series. Much speculation ensued, as to who would be bestowed the honor of directing one of the most beloved franchises in cinematic history. Despite stating in November that he wouldn’t take on Star Wars, evidently he was courted sufficiently to change his mind.

The next installment will be written by Oscar winning scribe of Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt, who is fresh off penning Tom Cruise’s next cinematic foray, Oblivion, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, will produce the forthcoming Star Wars film, which has been slated for theatrical release in 2015.

‘Tis been a good week indeed for Mr. Abrams, as it was announced today that two of his pilots have been given the greenlight by NBC and Fox, respectively. Currently, Abrams in is post-production for the hotly anticipated, Star Trek Into Darkness scheduled to hit theaters on May 18th.
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