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When it was announced that J.J. Abrams was chosen to helm the next entry in the still sprawling Star Wars franchise, it was largely assumed he would be too busy to continue on with the Star Trek franchise he'd successfully rebooted. However, Star Trek into Darkness's Mr. Spock says we shouldn't count Abrams out just yet.
Just as J.J. Abrams managed to update Star Trek with younger, better-looking versions of all the original characters, he's apparently bringing a lot of more attractive faces to Star Wars. Bleeding Cool has gotten its hands on what they swear is a 100% verified casting breakdown for agents hoping to get their actors on the call sheet for Star Wars: Episode VII
This begs the question, though: How much insight would you want Lucas to have at this stage? We’ve seen the prequels. Many did not like the prequels. Do you want Lucas looking over Abrams’ shoulder as he preps Episode VII, or do you want Abrams to have creative freedom to establish his own version of this beloved universe?
Star Trek Into Darkness recently inched past the $200 million mark at the American box office, making it the fourth-biggest film of the year and, counting in international box office, already bigger than the first Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness is a hit. Not a giant hit, and not the kind of thing that has studios calling all of their rivals and screaming "Suck it!" while guzzling champagne at 8 a.m. (at least , that's how we picture it), but a big enough hit all the same. Especially when you account for its huge improvement with global audiences, Star Trek Into Darkness has done well enough to keep the franchise alive… which means, inevitably, it's time to start talking about sequels
ABC's affiliation with Disney seems to be paying off a bit more for Jimmy Kimmel Live since Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise. Last month, Kimmel staged a pretty heated (and amusing) confrontation between Harrison Ford and his old pal Chewbacca. Apparently the two had a falling out over an indiscretion between Chewy and Leia. The topic of the wookiee came up again this week when Star Wars and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams visited Kimmel's show.
Licensing and merchandising rights debates mired Bad Robot and Paramount in legal battles with CBS about what elements from Star Trek canon could be used … and which couldn’t. In fact, these hostile negotiations blocked Abrams from turning his 2009 reboot of the series into a multi-platform entertainment experience.
With Star Trek Into Darkness now playing all around the world and making its midnight debut last night in domestic theaters, J.J. Abrams has been keeping very busy. In addition to balancing all of his television projects and dealing with pre-production details on upcoming movies the filmmaker has been traveling around the world...
Abrams is famous for his "Mystery Box" approach to storytelling, the idea being that it's better not to know what you're getting before walking into a movie. And though there are surprises in Star Trek Into Darkness that you probably won't know in advance, there are also parts of the film that Abrams went to a lot of effort to keep secret… and don't seem to matter all that much when you know them
He did tell me about where he was when he learned that Abrams would be directing Star Wars, and how he got the director to confirm Trek won't be the older, less cool sibling left behind. We also talked about the serious sprinting Scotty does in one key action scene in Star Trek Into Darkness, what it's like being one of the older cast members, and why he, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost are being so vigilant about maintaining the secrets about their upcoming comedy The World's End
this week it was clearly time for the student to become the master, so Katey forced Mack into a sit-down anyway. Mack agreed to watch the first Abrams Star Trek and test a theory the rest of us had that the movie's energy and openness to non-Trekkies would persuade him to get on board. After all, Abrams is going to have the exact same challenge when he takes over the reins of Star Wars.
J.J. Abrams usually looks like the cat who ate the canary, as the geek who rose to become King of the World. Now that he's become King of the Universe-- or, er, galaxies-- by taking over both Star Trek and Star Wars, the guy really can't help himself. He seems both in disbelief that he's been handed these two massive worlds, and smugly sitting back with the knowledge that he's about to change geek lives, and nobody but him knows how he's going to do it
They're so firmly entrenched in pop culture legend that many of us want to believe the Star Wars films actually were shot somewhere in outer space. But even though J.J. Abrams will probably have all the money in the world to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII in the next year or so, that won't be enough to get him into orbit (yet). So how about London, England subbing for a galaxy far, far away this time?
Wiliams and Star Wars go hand in hand, and if he’s willing to come back to score Episode VII, then I understand why Abrams would welcome him with open arms (though the way he presents it, it almost makes it sounds like this is something he was told was going to happen, whether he wanted it or not).
While responding with simply a smile when asked about details for Star Wars Episode VII, and insisting over and over again that there's no way he can share details about a movie that doesn't exist yet, he did talk about the relief of having George Lucas around as a consultant-- especially after making Star Trek years after creator Gene Roddenberry's death