January 25, 2013

Is He Really?

1. Reports are surfacing that J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost and Director/Producer of the Star Trek re-imagining,  is set to sit in the director's chair for Star Wars Episode VII. This despite Abrams saying to Empire Magazine in mid-December;

"There were very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutia of making them."



2.That's issue number one I have with this story. Number two is, this is the same man that let us believe for over a year that the villain in Star Trek: Into Darkness, was called Khan. He tends to let only slightly more information about the projects he's on than Steven Moffat. I wonder who he learned that practice from?

3. Brings us to issue three, while Disney purchased Lucasfilm, this is still the company that shot its fourth production as Blue Harvest to keep lookie-loos from interfering with production. A practice followed by Abrams while shooting Cloverfield as "Slusho"

4. Issue four, what kind of paycheque would they have to offer Abrams to walk away for at least two years from the four productions that he has in pre-production? Yes they have deep pockets, but if he's doing one, might he do all three? If so, that's a nine year commitment. I just don't see Abrams doing that.

5. Issue five, The National Post got the story from The Wrap (what's that) who got it from someone that told Ben Affleck, who was told by an individual close to the production. Lets explore that in the other direction: why would anyone close to the production say anything to anyone with the incredibly complex and expensive confidentiality clause in their contract? Who are they that they're talking to Ben Affleck? Why is Ben passing that information around? What is TheWire, that its considered a reliable source? Why wasn't the story sold to CNN, FOX News, Entertainment Tonight or any other higher profile magazine?

So while I'm pointing out all the reasons why this story of J.J. Abrams being the director on SW:VII most likely isn't true, what I'm also saying is that both Lucasfilms and Abrams are the types to let a story/rumor like this fly. Where is the benefit to those that are involved in Star Wars? Keeps the media from looking any further into who really is going to direct Disney's next mega-budget blockbuster. Where is the benefit to Abrams? Keeps the media from looking deeper into what he's doing after Star Trek 2. Win-win for them and red-herring for you.

Maybe I'm wrong and it will be the master of the shaky-lens-flare camera effects shooting space battles in 3D at 60 FPS on RED cameras.

*** EDIT *** I have been corrected. It is now announced that JJ Abrams IS the director on Star Wars episode VII: Empire Reborn (My guess on title)