J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films 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.
"It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie," 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 the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture."
George Lucas went on to say "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."
"To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, 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."
Besides directing, Abrams will also be producing Star Wars: Episode VII alongside with his long time producing partner, Bryan Burk and Bad Robot. So far, we already have details on the writer and director, as well as the involvement of screenwriters/producers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in consulting Episode VII.
With his full commitment on Star Wars up until the year 2015, what beholds to the future of other projects that he is involved. Paramount Pictures also issued a press statement that reassures Abrams involvement in Mission: Impossible franchise and Star Trek franchise:
“J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another ‘Star Trek.’”
For the M:I franchise, he will remain as a producer for at least another installment. With details on the fifth Mission: Impossible remain scarce, the project seems to be moving at a substantial pace. A check at the IMDB page reveals that Christopher McQuarrie will be on the director seat and writing the script. With both M:I 5 and Star Wars 7 coming in the same year in 2015, it would be definitely a busy year for him.
But wait, what about Star Trek then? For Star Trek III, it seems more reasonable that Abrams will be serving as the producer on the most maximized capacity, unless Paramount is willing to wait for another 4 years gap for the third movie - that's 2017 of course. Even if Paramount not wiling to wait that long, the other option is to get someone from Abrams inner circle, with Brad Bird seems to be the obvious choice.
More details on Star Wars 7, Star Trek 3 and M:I 5 on Green Tea Movie in the future! Star Wars: Episode 7 is scheduled for 2015.