Is 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Losing J.J. Abrams as 'Star Trek 3' Moves Ahead? [UPDATE]

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As expected, things have been awfully quiet on the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' front, with rumors and vague suggestions trickling out while few pieces of legit information remains behind lock and key (with Disney's army of lawyers standing guard). However, could this be because the movie is in peril?

Talk has been turning more and more to the possibility of director J.J. Abrams dropping out of the project entirely. (Say it ain't so!)

[DEBUNKED: Lucasfilm denies J.J. Abrams will bail on 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' telling IGN, "There is no truth to the rumor. J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year." Read on for the original story.]

The rumor is discussed in a report over at Badass Digest, where writer Devin Faraci has a scoop on who will be writing 'Star Trek 3,' which aims for a 2016 release date. But the news that 'Thor,' 'X-Men: First Class' and 'Fringe' screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz are the reported frontrunners for the next adventure of the Enterprise was overshadowed by a potentially major bombshell. It seems that there is (unconfirmed) buzz going around from "multiple insiders" that Abrams is unhappy with the production and is strongly considering ditching the massively anticipated 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'

How bad could things be? Well, they'd have to be pretty bad for the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and 'Super 8' director to ditch the film, since he hasn't been shy about it being his dream project. Have things been so quiet because of some behind-the-scenes scuffles, not because they're intentionally keeping things under wraps? Badass Digest says that Abrams objected to filming in England but was overruled, but there surely has to be more to it than that.

Once again, this is all speculation, but we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available. Just to be safe, Disney better have a back-up plan. They're still planning for 'Star Wars: Episode 7' to arrive in 2015.

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