It’s Official: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII (@starwars)

372831-jj-abramsJ.J. Abrams will directStar Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series ofStar Warsfilms 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.

Its very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a newStar Warsmovie, said Kennedy. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of theStar Warsexperience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.

George Lucas went on to say Ive consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. Hes an ideal choice to direct the newStar Warsfilm and the legacy couldnt be in betterhands.

“To be a part of the next chapter of theStar Warssaga, 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.”

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter onThe Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost ArkandReturn of the Jedi.Kinberg was writer onSherlock HolmesandMr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits asStar Trek, Super 8,Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this yearsStar Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilms preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning withMission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series asFelicity,Alias,LostandFringe.

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