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    Default JJ Abrams Will Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

    J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars" film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood's most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

    "Argo" director Ben Affleck was also in contention, another individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap.

    Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year and announced it would make new "Star Wars" films, fans, members of the media and industry executives have speculated about which director would take the job. Abrams' name always came up, but he told Entertainment Weekly in November that he wasn't going to take the job.

    He did say "Star Wars" was the first movie that "blew my mind" in terms of special effects.

    Also Read: 'Little Miss Sunshine' Writer Michael Arndt to Pen 'Star Wars:Episode VII'

    Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood -- and a man beloved by fanboys. He runs one of the industry's top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like "Lost," "Fringe" and "Alias." He has also directed film spectacles "Mission: Impossible III," "Star Trek" and "Super 8."

    The lure of the Jedi was too strong, and it will no doubt complicate his relationship with Paramount, where Bad Robot is a top supplier. Abrams has been feverishly working on "Star Trek Into Darkness," his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. "Into Darkness," still in post-production, opens May 18.

    Though he has several producing jobs in front of him, Abrams had been uncommitted as a director. He will have to jump right into "Star Wars," which Disney has slated for a 2015 release. "Little Miss Sunshine" screenwriter Michael Arndt is penning the script.

    Reached by TheWrap, Lynne Hale, spokeswoman for Lucasfilm, declined to comment immediately. Neither CAA, which represents Abrams, nor Bad Robot immediately responded to requests for comment.

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    I want this to bomb, but it wont

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    I'm actually looking forward to the new Star Trek film.

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    I just hope its good.

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    I enjoyed the first one.

    Then again, I enjoy all things Star Trek.

    I'm currently catching up on Star Trek: Enterprise the series whenever I'm on my trainer. Only seen two episodes, but I love the "throwbackness" of that show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler View Post
    I'm actually looking forward to the new Star Trek film.
    i am too, but i think star wars needed to stay finished. Hell, we should never even of gotten the prequels

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    It should have been done after the first trilogy (which is really the second trilogy, I guess).

    I saw the first of the "new" movies and didn't even bother with the other two. The series, to me, is dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler View Post
    I'm actually looking forward to the new Star Trek film.
    Same here, quite enjoyed the first one by JJ Abrams. Should check out the newer TV shows as well, the only one I have as a whole is the original series

    As for Star Wars, it should indeed be dead and buried by now, although I'm sure they have a lot of 'lore' and history to make movies of, or a new TV show or something.

    I didn't hate the last two of the prequels, but mostly they were a wasted opportunity.

    What's truly pointless are the now several re-mastered/reworked DVD and Blu-ray releases of the early films, luckily I still have the original widescreen VHS tapes, but I wish they released them on DVD as well.
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    Star Wars is a money making machine - there's no way that they won't continue to make movies until the end of time.

    The original Star Trek series was good - but The Next Generation was WAAAAAAAAAAAY better and had more in-depth and likeable characters. Deep Space Nine was the best of the series (aside from Avery Brooks' over-acting) and was the most enjoyable imo. Voyager was pretty good too - although lots of people hated that one. Not sure why. I've only seen two episodes of Enterprise - not sure if there are any others.

    It's all on Netflix - which is how I caught up with all of them.

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    Yes, the Next Generation is great, just never got around to obtaining it. Same with Netflix, have to give it a try although I still like to own a physical copy most of the time

    Speaking of the new film, who do you think the villain is going to be? If you've watched the original series there might be a hint, or two even, but I don't know for sure yet.

    Got to love how a Star Wars topic got derailed into Star Trek!
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