JJ Abrams and Star Wars: news round-up

News Simon Brew
28 Jan 2013 - 06:25
The Star Wars logo.

JJ Abrams has been chatting briefly about Star Wars, whilst the 2015 release date might not yet be locked down...

Chances are that you well know already the identity of the director of Star Wars: Episode VII (given the blanket media coverage of the news over the past few days). It was confirmed over the weekend by Disney that JJ Abrams was indeed the man for the job, and once he's got Star Trek Into Darkness safely out into the world, he's going to move straight into the universe of Star Wars.

News and stories have continued to break since the formal announcement, so we figured it was worth doing this quick round-up.

Firstly, while the target release date for Star Wars: Episode VII remains the summer of 2015, it's understood that Abrams hasn't committed to deliver the film by then. As The Hollywood Reporter states, "the date could be changed if the development process requires it". This reflects the adjusting of its schedule that Paramount undertook, when it delayed Star Trek Into Darkness to fit around Abrams' workload.

That said, we still fully expect the new Star Wars film to land in 2015.

Also, it seems that when Abrams denied his Star Wars involvement last November, he wasn't misleading people. Apparently, Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy contacted him earlier this month, and went to pitch the film to him. We suspect he didn't need too much persuading!

Abrams himself has briefly chatted to E! Online about his appointment to the Star Wars director's chair. "It really is an incredible thing", Abrams said. "It's wildly surreal. It's obviously way too early to talk specifics. But I'm excited to actually start it".

Finally, for now, it's been confirmed that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, who have been hired to pen two further Star Wars instalments, will also be consulting on Episode VII.

More news as we get it...

The Hollywood Reporter.
E! Online.

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