In geek circles, it used to be a considered a crime to confuse the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises... punishable by being frozen in carbonite. But now you could be forgiven for that faux pas, since it looks like the new versions of both will be directed by the same man: one J.J. Abrams.
It’s been reported that the Super 8 director will tackle The Force as his next project.
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“I have some original stuff I am working on next,” the Star Trek Into Darkness director said back then to Entertainment Weekly, while praising the original blockbuster trilogy. “Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of.”
But apparently the temptation to head to the Dark Side was too great. The seventh Star Wars film is currently being written by Michael Arndt, who previously revived a successful franchise with the wonderful Toy Story 3. It will be released in 2015.
So how do we feel about this choice? Is J.J. our only hope, or do we feel kind of like this?
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