Can Abrams fix the mess that Lucas made of Star Wars?

“After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay,” according to the Star Wars website.

J.J. Adams

“Abrams’s first job in the movie business started when he was 16 when he wrote music for Don Dohler’s film Nightbeast,” according to IMDB, which also reported that “Abrams directed the films Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), and Super 8(2011) and produced the films Cloverfield (2008) and Morning Glory (2010).”

“It is, frankly, a thing of wonder that there is anything left of this once-proud franchise to be revived after George Lucas spent the past 15 years systematically destroying all goodwill towards him with dodgy CGI retrofits of the original trilogy and a lifeless, prosaic second triptych of films,” according to the Guardian.

Very true.  While some folks are worried about what might happen to the Star Wars franchise since the Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm, the reality is that they can’t do any worse than Lucas – who lost his mojo with the creation of the odious Jar Jar Binks character and the casting of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker.

Abrams was quoted in the Star Wars website: “To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

I loved Abrams’ Super 8 film – and his Star Trek reboot was also superb.  He is already a better director than Lucas ever was, which bodes well for Star Wars VII…

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