The geek world was torn asunder when J.J. Abrams jumped off 'Star Trek' and signed on to direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' However, it turns out that his decision to do so went beyond simply preferring one franchise over another. According to a new report, Abrams felt strangled by legal red tape wrapped around the 'Star Trek' franchise, which prevented him from creating a true multimedia platform (and making a lot more money).
Star Wars: Episode 7
Remember a few weeks back when Harrison Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to field questions from the audience? Kimmel once again turned to the audience for 'Star Wars' advice when he had 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and 'Star Wars Episode 7' director J.J. Abrams on. And you won't believe who showed up and had some very interesting ideas for 'Star Wars.'
One of the main questions regarding 'Star Wars: Episode 7' is, "Will J.J. Abrams be able to follow in George Lucas' footsteps?" Many, including 'Star Trek Into Darkness' star Simon Pegg, believes yes, as he's already reinvigorated the 'Star Trek' universe. But what exactly will he bring to the next chapter? As Pegg said, "All the things that we loved about the first three."
A few days ago, a special screening of 'Return of the Jedi' was held at Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown Film Festival and audiences found themselves treated to a special appearance by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Over the course of two Q&As, the beloved actor spoke about his involvement in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and the 'Star Wars' franchise as a whole confirming some information we already unofficially knew and revealing a bit more about the new trilogy.
For some 'Star Trek' fans, it was a slap to the face when director J.J. Abrams stopped going where no man has gone before and decided to journey to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. How will they feel when they see Abrams discussing how great 'Star Wars' is with the chief engineer of the Enterprise, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (aka Simon Pegg)?
'Star Wars: Episode 7' will be upon us before we know it. Sure, we have to wait all the way until 2015, assuming Disney can get its act together for their release slate, but time goes by fast and now's as good a time as any to start thinking up teasers and promotional work. And the bits usually released into the webosphere first are the posters!
While Harrison Ford is doing his best to stay quiet about 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' Carrie Fisher (the first to spill the beans about returning for Disney's 'Star Wars' sequels) is still talking. The actress was at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo over the weekend and had plenty to say about 'Star Wars: Episode 7' including why Disney is sending people to her house on a regular basis.
Director JJ Abrams is infamous for keeping details on his projects on the down low, so many people have already begun speculating what will go on with the production of 'Star Wars Episode 7.' If there's one thing we learned from watching the production of the prequel trilogy, it's that 'Star Wars' fans are as passionate as they are nosy and if there's one thing we've learned from 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' it's that Abrams plays things close to the vest. A recent interview with LucasFilm honcho Kathleen Kennedy shed some light on this whole situation.
J.J. Abrams gave his first extensive interview on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' to Playboy and spoke at length about the challenges of being in control of 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' - two of the biggest sci-fi franchises in history. He talks about how he'll be collaborating with George Lucas, his feeling on the prequels and how you shouldn't assume he won't direct 'Star Trek 3.'