Does George Takei know about this? I feel the William Shatner/Carrie Fisher feud about to heat up too. JJ Abrams is REALLY about to go where no one has gone before. Disney has tapped the “Lost” creating, “Star Trek” rebooting director to work his magic on the Crown Jewel of Modern Geekdom and bring forth the next chapter of George Lucas’ iconic space opera, “STAR WARS: Episode VII”. This is face-exploding stuff right here, kids. One man will be in charge of the touchstones for two separate (yet equal, he said diplomatically) factions of the most passionate media fans in history. I fear for his safety is he gaks this up.
Despite consistent rumors, Abrams denied for weeks that he was even interested in the job, sighting current labors directing his “Star Trek” sequel. He has spent a lot of time not telling us who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing, so he’s been busy. But taking the keys to the “STAR WARS” franchise is a bold leap and credit must be given to Abrams for even having the temerity to undertake this monumental task. He’s not going to please everybody and since Force fans number in the gazillions, even a small percentage of unhappy voices will rise to cacophonous levels. And that’s not even counting the noise wounded Trek fans will make with their charges of disloyalty to the Roddenberry brand.
Teamed with writer Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3″, “Brave”, “Little Miss Sunshine”), Abrams has the daunting task of taking the “STAR WARS” universe forward and hopefully removing all the Jar Jar stink from the middle trilogy. No treatment or outline has been leaked and casting still exists in the minds of legions of nerds but Episode VII is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2015. By then, we’ll have consumed Abrams Trek follow-up “Into Darkness“, the sequels to Iron Man, Thor andCaptain America along with Disney/Marvel’s new hope for a franchise, “Guardians of the Galaxy“. And, oh yes, don’t forget the new 800 lb Gorilla of Cinema, “The Avengers 2” will be in the neighborhood in 2015. If Whedon’s next effort is less “Firefly” more “Dollhouse” and underwhelms in any way, look for Abrams to whisper sweet nothings in Kevin Feige’s ear and try to slide into Joss’ seat for “Avengers 3″.
I think JJ Abrams wants to control all of pop culture. I think I know how he’s going to do it. Uniting the Trek/Wars clans is just the beginning of his Overlord-ian dreams. I know it sounds impossible. But you know you considered it as soon as you heard Abrams was on board. Two words: Cross. Over…*BOOM* I just blew your mind, right? This situation bears watching.