BREAKING NEWS: Director for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Named, Geek Universe Implodes


This has to be amongst the most geektastic news of the month, if not the year. JJ Abrams, mastermind of the Star Trek reboot that is the Star Trek movie (and the upcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness), co-creator of Lost and Fringe, Super 8, and so much more, will be directing the next Star Wars movie, currently going by the working title Star Wars: Episode VII.


Deadline apparently broke the story, and while other notable sites have reported that their “sources confirm,” we have not yet heard from Lucasfilm or its new parent Walt Disney Co.

As we told you back in November, Michael Arndt will be penning the script for the movie. Here’s that press release again:


November 09, 2012
As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).

Soooo… the mastermind behind the reboot of Star Trek will now be directing the new era of Star Wars… The mind reels. I am a giant fan of the man’s work (we’ll just ignore that whole Undercovers thing) and I cannot wait to see what he will do with a franchise that he famously adores. And oh dear, all the poor non-nerdy people who keep confusing the two franchises will now have even more trouble…

We will obviously keep you posted.

Erin Willard
Written by Erin Willard

Erin is the Editor In Chief and West Coast Correspondent for

4 Comment responses

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    January 25, 2013

    I am a fan of Abrams work and I did enjoy the Trek reboot (though am not an unmitigated fan). But I fear that putting him at the helm of yet another huge franchise revival is going to be too much. I understand that Star Wars is a huge name & they want a proven director, preferably one with genre cred, but it would have been nice to see consideration outside of the limited list of names we seem to always see.

    I also admit that Initially I would have liked to see a woman considered (as was the case with the Hunger Games franchise) then I realized, to my shame, that I was hard pressed to list more than 2 (Mimi Leder & Kathryn Bigelow) off the top of my head.


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      January 26, 2013

      Kasey you make some good points. There are a few other women directors with big names and/or genre experience, including Mary Lambert, Penelope Spheeris, Betty Thomas, and Sofia Coppola. But I cannot blame Lucasfilm for going with a proven director of sci-fi blockbusters who openly adores the franchise. Of course I love the man’s work, so I’m biased…


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        January 26, 2013

        Oh I agree one can’t blame Lucasfilm choosing a proven genre director & Abrams is an admitted Star Wars fan whereas he said he was not so much a ST fan. I also love much of his work especially Alias. I simply wonder if this would be genre over-extension for him. I guess put me in the cautiously optimistic category.

        And once you named those 4 women it was definitely a “D’Oh!” of the Simpson variety here especially for forgetting Betty Thomas.


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