Star Trek Into Episode VII. An All-Star Team Led By J.J Abrams Should Give Justice To The Star Wars Saga.
Many of the current generation of filmmakers can be given credit for changing the game for comic book adaptations by giving the genre careful attention to writing, casting and direction. For these filmmakers realize that a movie does not have to be a drama or romantic comedy to be taken seriously. The same applies to film serials from which George Lucas based both the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series. J.J Abrams is a near emulation of legendary director/producer and occasional writer Steven Spielberg, one of the earlier directors to make adventure films on par with “serious dramas”. Abrams is currently going where no man as gone before by helming entries in both Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek and George Lucas’ Star Wars.
On October 30, 2012 Lucasfilm merged with the world’s largest media conglomerate with swift signatures from visionary George Lucas and former Warner Bros CEO and now Disney Chairman Alan Horn. Of course the most anticipated project expected from these studios is Star Wars Episode VII. Veteran producer Kathleen Kennedy leads Lucasfilm; and she has been attempting to sway director J.J Abrams to the dark side (pun intended) since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. Initially Mr. Abrams responded to rumors as the next director of Star Wars, by stating that he would rather view the film as a fan and audience member, rather than crafting his won vision. Now with J.J Abrams onboard the Internet is on fire with reactions from moviegoers and hard-core fans alike.
Overall the response to J.J Abrams being hired is positive. There are some people that are truly concerned about Abrams’ involvement and there are the usual suspects known as Internet trolls that are cherry picking away at any supposed flaws in Mr. Abrams’s work. In regards to the latter entity there have been posts about Episode VII ending as a dream that was shared by stranded people on an eerie island. Of course this is a poor quip and referencing the anticlimactic and unsatisfying conclusion to the television series Lost. I will be the first to admit that I was not a fan of Lost, save for the first season. Yet Super 8, Mission Impossible III, Alias, Fringe, and 2009’s Star Trek are more than enough on his cinematic resume to make me a believer.
J.J Abrams is stellar at executing proper exposition and character direction. He knows how to literally and metaphorically position characters in situations that will propel the action. Abrams is not alone in this endeavor, for series veteran Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Raiders of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back) is back to write Episodes VIII and IX. And he is an advisor on Episode VII.
Academy Award winning writer Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is currently writing the yet to be formally titles Episode VII. Arndt has been extremely busy after the third Pixar film about toys that secretly come to life while their owner(s) is not looking. His screen plays for Oblivion and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be on screen this year, so now his focus is fully into the force. I am not sure if Arndt is a long time fan of the saga, but his originality and ability to stay true to the original source material is impressive.
Will Abrams also direct Episodes VII and IX? It is a possibility since he can alternate between shooting Star Trek and Star Wars entries. The certain-to-be-good Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters this year and after publicity for that film ends he is going to need to start pre-production for the planned 2015 release of Episode VII. But if Abrams does not return, I am sure that Kathleen Kennedy will get a suitable replacement, with the possibilities being endless. Perhaps Kennedy can court Brad Bird or Jon Favreau if Abrams does not return.