There has been a lot of chatter around Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm and their announcement that new Star Wars films are in the works, and now the Internet is buzzing with news that director J.J. Abrams has been hired to take on the ridiculously successful franchise.
If you’re not yet familiar with J.J. Abrams by name, maybe you’ve encountered a few small projects he’s worked on like TV shows Felicity, Lost, Alias, or Fringe. Or perhaps films like Mission Impossible 3, 2009’s Star Trek, or Super 8.
Yes, that J.J. Abrams.
Oh I see. You’re a fanboy who thinks it utterly blasphemous that one man should hold the keys to both the USS Enterprise and the Millennium Falcon. Ok well sure, I too have had my own internal conflicts about this topic, but let’s set aside any preconceived ideas that Abrams’ lens flares will Occupy the Mos Eisley Cantina like Wallstreet and really think about this rationally for a second.
Abrams is a storyteller; and if you hadn’t noticed, a damn good one at that; maybe even the next Spielberg. Yes Star Trek felt familiar yet fresh, but it was the emotional and human element brought to screen that J.J. is rapidly becoming well known for (lens flares aside).
The same can be said about Super 8. You might contest that the 2011 film was too reminiscent of E.T. The Extraterrestrial albeit without a friendly alien, but once more, the set of young stars in Super 8 manage to convey so much more about their characters under the direction of Abrams that plot and storyline are squashed by what it means to relate to someone on screen.
When I’d heard Disney was planning on producing more Star Wars films I thôt to myself that J.J. would be perfect, but seeing as he was at the helm of Star Trek I found it pretty unlikely that Hollywood would ever take such a chance. In a time where poorly made remakes, reboots and reimagining’s flood theaters, I’m confident that Abrams has the ability to breathe fresh midi-chlorian life into the franchise. But now that Disney has shocked us with their purchase of LucasFilm and now with their choice of director; what do you think they’ve got up their sleeves for us next?