Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII
Fear is the path to Disney. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to internet flamewars
Star Wars creator George Lucas has given the thumbs-up to the appointment of JJ Abrams as director of the seventh outing for the sci-fi franchise.
Lucas said the Star Trek helmsman is the "ideal choice" to take the reins of the movie, which will be the first Walt Disney Co foray into the Star Wars universe since it swallowed Lucasfilm in October.
When Disney inked the deal, the company promised to deliver the final three episodes of Lucas's original nine-film vision, while the man himself declared: "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."
With a successful Star Trek reboot under his belt, Abrams is a natural choice to pick up the baton. Lucasfilm prez Kathleen Kennedy described him as "the perfect director" for the job, adding: "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."
Abrams' directorial CV includes Mission: Impossible III and Super 8. He's also responsible for the forthcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, due to hit the cinemas on 17 May.
Star Wars VII is slated for release in 2015. ®
I didn't mind the first film, though it does not warrant repeat viewings. The plot is a mess, the Enterprise looks slightly crap and transporting to a ship at warp, come on. (Kevin Smith has talked at length about things like this, where a piece of science-nonsense irks the fans). But come on, the ground rules for transporters have been around for years, it's just fucking wrong.
Come to think of it, Spock has Kirk ejected onto a hostile planet for no other reason than he's pissing him off. That's a much bigger WTF moment for me. Why didn't anyone else on the bridge pull him up about this?
Looking forward to see the opening crawl complete with lens flare
"So Star Trek is fact now, I thought it was science fiction... Where can I find warp drives, replicators and holo decks then?"
I think he's referring to the fact that in the trek universe at least the rules had been established - there are decades of fictional science to respect. Going back in time and rebooting the franchise is one thing, rewriting the laws of physics in the trek universe is sacrilegious to some folk!
I personally don't have a problem with the new Trek film, and I'll pop to the cinema to support the next one too.