Beam me up, Boba.
The Wrap is reporting, and Deadline just confirmed, that JJ Abrams, mystery box holder and director of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, will be the director of Star Wars VII. Abrams said in November that he turned down the film because he had some "original stuff" he wanted to work on next, but he added that seeing A New Hope as a kid informed him as a filmmaker.
“As a kid I was always a fan of special effects,” Abrams said. “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.”
Well, now he'll have the chance to show a new generation of fans what the Star Wars universe is capable of. Mystery boxes! Mystery boxes for everyone!
Of course we all hoped for an edgier director, someone like Brad Bird (and The Wrap also reports that Ben Affleck was in contention, which would have been really interesting), but I don't know that anyone with any real edge ever had a chance of being selected for this huge project. Abrams is a safe choice, and he'll likely do a fine job. We know exactly what he'll give us, and I think we can all stop pretending now that Star Wars VII had the chance to be something incredible. It'll be safe and pretty fun and sort of dumb. Congrats, Abrams. And congrats to all the hard-core Star Trek fans who now have their franchise back.