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January 24, 2013

Done Deal: J.J. Abrams Will Direct New Star Wars Movie

I had a sidebar item about the new franchise yesterday, about them hiring the guy who used to do their poster-paintings (and the poster-paintings for the Indy movies).

Eh... I currently hate Star Wars but I suppose the fictional universe does still have potential. We just had to get What's-His-Name out of it.

So: J.J. Abrams.

One thing he can do is do a slavish imitation -- I didn't much like Super 8, but he did basically make a more Spielbergian film than Steven Spielberg, didn't he?

That ability of mimicry might result in Star Wars movies that sort of resemble the first three.

Eh. What the heck. Can't be worse than the prequels. And I did like Mission: Impossible 3. (The only one I actually liked. If you didn't like the first two, you should still give that one a chance -- it's good. It's on Amazon Prime, for free.)

Ultimate Sacrilege? Brian in NO links this quote from Abrams on his Star Wars gig.

This quote sold me on Abrams: "I frankly feel that -- I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big 'Star Trek' fan growing up, so for me, working on 'Star Trek' didn't have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege. And so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of 'Star Wars,' but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!"

As another commenter observed, he already has a film's worth of practice at making a Star Wars movie; his first Star Wars film was titled Star Trek. You probably saw it. I loved when Luke/Kirk looked up to see the Enterprise/Twin Suns over the horizon.

So, I guess at least he does have a sense of why the first three worked, and why they were fun.

Whoops: Turns out that sidebar item was wrong-- Drew Struzan (the old poster-painter for Star Wars) hasn't been asked to do posters for the new ones.

"Disney" has said nothing to me and I expect nothing. That a couple of friends were wishing is only an expression of the hope that many are sharing but says nothing regarding the Studio itself. Even if 'they' did ask, which Disney has not, I'd rather leave the new films to the next generation to interpret. I've had my time and they were exceptional blessings for which I will forever be grateful.

Tomorrow is a new day…drew

Well, then let this turn out to be a happy accident: They should ask Struzan. If they're looking to get back some of the previous magic, they need to grab up as much of the old talent as they can.

Thanks for the correction to Dr. Buzz E... Yannoglanchie, or something. Who can keep up.

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