The "Star Trek" director is about to cross into another nerd universe
The search for the next “Star Wars” director is over. TheWrap reports that sci-fi director J.J. Abrams will take on Disney’s highly publicized, highly controversial project, “Star Wars: Episode VII.” And an insider has confirmed the news with Deadline as well, saying, “It’s a done deal with J.J.”
The news comes as a surprise, especially since Abrams was one of the first directors to announce he would pass on the role — and because he already has an allegiance to rival nerd franchise, “Star Trek.” He told Empire Magazine:
“There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to ‘Star Trek’, and also just being a [‘Star Wars’] fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things.”
As Redditor elthomas21 notes, “He is breaking the nerd barrier and uniting us as one.” But will it be, as SadPeenut speculates, “too much power for one man”? Indeed, it might. Only time will tell whether Abrams will cross over to the dark side, but until then, nerds everywhere are speculating what “StarTrekWars” might look like … and to be honest, it sounds pretty good:
A Long, Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, JJ Abrams will Boldly Go Where No Man has Gone Before.#StarTrekWars— TeachaCari (@teachacari) January 24, 2013
Star Wars Episode VII: The Flare of the Lens— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 24, 2013
The Flare is strong with this one.— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) January 24, 2013
Picard inducted as honorary Jedi Council member. Worf & Chewie fight, then bond. Yoda adopted as Vulcan team mascot. #StarTrekWars— Gwyntaglaw (@Gwyntaglaw) January 24, 2013
Kirk is gonna be in for a shock when he finds out phasers aren't very effective against Jedi #StarTrekWars— Fleet Admiral Josh (@fleetadmiralj) January 24, 2013
Logical if annoying conversation of epic proportions between C-3PO and Data. #StarTrekWars— Patty Marvel (@PattyMarvel) January 24, 2013
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at email@example.com. More Prachi Gupta.
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