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J.J. Abrams turned down 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Which will either please or disappoint fanboys

By Corwin Neuse Dec 26, 2012 10:03PM
Great and/or terrible news, everybody! Everyone's favorite most controversial sci-fi auteur, J.J. Abrams, has reportedly turned down an opportunity to direct Disney's upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII." The move should come as no surprise considering J.J.'s longstanding relationship with and commitment to the ongoing "Star Trek" franchise. Fans who may feel a considerable amount of disappointment in the news—which would be understandable, considering Abrams's kinetic style and famous proclivity for all things genre-related—would do well to remember he was also the man who made "Mission: Impossible III," which kind of sucked.

Of course, J.J. pre-emptively removing himself from consideration isn't exactly breaking news, or really what anyone would call "news" at all, except insomuch as the film's producers actually saw fit to offer it to him. If and when a famous Hollywood director actually commits to doing the film, rather than not doing it, then we'll all have something to talk about. But that may be a long time coming. In the meantime, whom do you think should direct "Episode VII?" As always, let us know in the comments...

[via THR]
Dec 28, 2012 5:43AM
Do we really need another Star Wars? Everyone went stark raving bonkers over how episodes 1 through 3 were filmed and done and how much they hated them. How easily the fans forget when the thought of another movie is in the works. Everyone will have their own ideas on what they think should be done in terms of timeline, casting, directing, etc etc etc. and then be horridly disappointed when absolutely nothing gets done the way they mentally envisioned it. 
Dec 28, 2012 1:05AM
Joss Whedon is the best director of all time. If they can't get him to do it they may as well give it to Rob Zombie. -_-
Dec 28, 2012 12:52AM
Joss Whedon...

Is it me or does the tip of JJs' nose look like the tip of something else? In the above pic anyway.
Dec 28, 2012 12:37AM
I just want to know if Disney will figure out a way to work a Randy Newman song into the film...
Dec 28, 2012 12:26AM

Is it even possible to make a good Star Wars movie, no matter who directs it?  It seems everything has been covered in all the space movies (Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, etc.).  This has to be one really well-written script, else it'll be just another money-making, all-too-forgetful, waste of digital plasma.


With that said, I haven't a clue who'd be the best to direct it.

Dec 28, 2012 12:20AM

Christopher Nolan! He did an awesome job on the batman trilogy, and inception.

Dec 27, 2012 11:18PM
Len Wiseman would be a distant second pick. Depends if the cast can hold their own.
Dec 27, 2012 11:14PM
Thank God.  What he did to Star Trek is abominable.  I would have had ZERO problem with him doing a movie SET in the Star Trek Universe but throwing it on end the way he did, well I have never been a fan of reboots and definately not a fan of writers/directors etc who have zero creative talent and find it hard to work within the confines of what has come before it.  Reminds me of all these comic reboots where the hack writers can't handle the history of a comic character so they have to do a "re-imagining" of that character.  More like they have zero writing/storytelling skill and have to do it their way.  Regardless though, I'm sure they'll find a decent enough director.  Just hoping they don't go down that twilight path and hire some of these new so called "actors" to try to sell it to a different audience.  Why not go out, find all new actors to move the franchise forward.
Dec 27, 2012 11:12PM
I have to second (or third) Joss Whedon (w/Steven Spielberg as ExProd).
Dec 27, 2012 11:11PM
Strange of Abrams to walk away from easy money. Face it; these movies won't have to be good to make money.
Dec 27, 2012 11:08PM
Spielberg...  Working on his friends franchise movie...   Why not?

Dec 27, 2012 10:55PM
Thankfully, Abrams will not be ruining another franchise, though you could argue the prequels have already done about as much damage to Star Wars as any movies could, and that Star Wars is an innately better fit for his style than Star Trek ever was.  As for others, Disney fave Gore Verbinski could probably pull it off without making it a shallow effects-fest like anybody from the Abrams/Bay/Ratner school of directing would.
Dec 27, 2012 10:29PM

Too bad Irvin Kershner is not around. Ridley Scott would be perfect to capture a dark version. No more Jar Jar binks, or wookies yelling like Tarzan!

Dec 27, 2012 10:02PM
You need someone with industry and commercial respect.  I would go after Cameron.  If Pacific Rim is as good as it looks Del Toro would be a great choice.  Too big of a job for young aspiring TV directors.
Dec 27, 2012 10:00PM
your mom - she is cheap, easy, and has rolled over more times than the Millennium Falcon.
Dec 27, 2012 9:53PM
We are NOT all 'fanboys' :)   I am a 55 year-old woman who has ADORED STAR WARS since May 1977 :)   I am not sure who should direct. I agree with others, the SCREEN/SCRIPT WRITER is the KEY :)   Peter Jackson is a GREAT director but I am not sure he would be a good 'fit'.  Time will tell.  I am excited about the future :)  Mr. Lucas ALWAYS planned on a NINE PART movie if possible.  Read the info from the 70's :)  May the FORCE BE WITH US :)  HAPPY NEW YEAR :)
Dec 27, 2012 9:02PM
Quentin Tarantino (snicker, snicker).  Michael Bay (snicker, snicker, snicker).
Dec 27, 2012 8:49PM
Glad Abrams turned it down. Need a true fan of the Star Wars Universe possibly a NEW face with new ideas not some overpaid Hollywood Director. Although Chris Nolan is a genius with the Bat Franchise he would be the only one I would semi trust.
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