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RUMOR: JJ Abrams leaving the Star Wars franchise?

DanMetroMan : 7/22/2013 4:26 pm

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Rumors are swirling that Star Trek Into Darkness director, J.J. Abrams, may be dropping out of Star Wars: Episode VII due to some disagreements with the studio.

Director J.J. Abrams is hotter than hot right now, nearing Joss Whedon status, but he may be leaving his job as director of the next Star Wars film due to filming locations.

According to reports, Abrams doesn�t want to be away from his family for such a long period of time, as the studio wants to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII in England.

Badass Digest reports that multiple sources confirm that Abrams is quite close to quitting altogether for the highly publicized Star Wars film. After Disney bought Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator, George Lucas, for a cool $4 billion, they decided to move quickly and hired J.J. Abrams for the first Star Wars film produced by its new studio.

Digest has also revealed that the script for Star Trek 3 will be written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz. The duo wrote the first Thor film for Marvel and they also have writing credits which include X-Men: First Class.

We�re glad to hear that some new blood is being brought into the franchise, as some fans felt Star Trek Into Darkness felt a bit too familiar.

Despite Abrams concern about filming in England, the studio is reportedly bucking at moving the film�s location to the U.S., which is reportedly a deal breaker for Abrams.

Collider reports that these rumors may become more solid if Abrams isn�t present at Germany�s Star Wars celebration, which takes place very soon, between July 26 � 28.

I'm not even into Star Wars or Star Trek, just seems odd (if this story is true) that Disney would let him walk over location.
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You don't like him  
UConn4523 : 7/22/2013 8:14 pm : link
we get it. But if you don't like all of Lost, Star Trek, Super 8, Fringe, and the MI's, then there is no point in me trying to convince you otherwise. Clearly all pieces of shit.

But like I said, name a couple other options.
Apart from Star Trek  
Modus Operandi : 7/22/2013 8:17 pm : link
Which is really an action hero flick which just happens to take place in space, which of the others are sci-fi?

Lets start there...
Matt M. : 7/22/2013 8:18 pm : link
If that is how you view Star Trek, then why isn't Star Wars just an action hero flick set in space?
Bramton1 : 7/22/2013 8:20 pm : link
You forgot Alias. Great show.
Modus Operandi : 7/22/2013 8:20 pm : link
Who said it wasnt?
Super 8, Fringe and much of Lost  
UConn4523 : 7/22/2013 8:22 pm : link
are all sci fi. Ever heard of them?
Never watched Fringe  
Modus Operandi : 7/22/2013 8:32 pm : link
but I'd hardly call Lost sci-fi. My point is, JJ is fairly mediocre. It isn't like Cameron or Ridley Scott just walked away from the project.

As for whom I'd prefer to direct, I actually the ideal fit is JW. Campy sci-fi is his sweet spot and Firefly and Serenity were fantastic. But he's tied up with Avengers.

There are plenty of guys I think could handle it, many of which should've been higher on the list than JJ.
Chris in Philly : 7/22/2013 8:57 pm : link
is a colossal turd, but I for one liked what he did with the Star Trek movies. They flat nailed the casting and I think they captured a lot of what made the original characters so endearing. And plenty of people here call me a movie snob. I think they're fun and do justice to the originals...
UConn4523 : 7/22/2013 9:09 pm : link
has his faults and I don't think would be some huge improvement. I didn't like the Avengers, I thought Thor was average at best, and I have a feeling this marvel universe is going to be much of the same crap over and over again.

But let's not pretend JJ hasn't had tremendous success. You not liking him doesn't mean everything has been the piece of shit you claim.

As for Lost, it's absolutely Sci Fi. The foundation of the show was time travel with alternate timelines, science, philosophy, etc. you don't need to be on a spaceship for it to be science fiction.

Fring is a very good show. If you liked X Files at all you'd like Fringe.

And you named 1 other guy. Got any others? Hint, you won't find much.
Kyle : 7/22/2013 9:19 pm : link
I didn't like Star Trek, thought Cloverfield was just brutal, to this day can't understand the appeal of watching Lost beyond "let's talk about it with each other and overanalyze everything" etc.

Not liking a faux cult hero like JJ Abrams doesn't mean the person lacks taste. Frankly I don't care about his success. I think his work is crap, but Star Wars will be the highest grossing movie of whatever year it releases whether he, someone worse, or someone better is attached to it. From a financials standpoint the shit doesn't matter.

From my subjective opinion on quality, it does, and I don't him near it.
don't want*  
Kyle : 7/22/2013 9:20 pm : link
I thought Super 8 was well done up until the final act...  
Britt in VA : 7/22/2013 9:37 pm : link
Which wasn't terrible.
I liked Super 8 a lot  
Sneakers O'toole : 7/22/2013 9:46 pm : link
I also am a fan of Fringe
I hated Lost  
Banks : 7/22/2013 9:48 pm : link
Perhaps I was spoiled by the quality of FX, HBO, AMC, and Showtime shows, but damn do I regret blindly buying the dvd boxset. That said, I think JJ has done some good work. I never watched Star Trek before so I'm not familiar with how he's ruined it, but I greatly enjoyed both films and liked Super 8 and MI3. I hope they find a suitable replacement as I'm sure I'll have a friend that will drag me to it.
RicFlair : 7/22/2013 10:05 pm : link
you wanna sell the box set?
I'd give it you for just the shipping charge  
Banks : 7/22/2013 10:12 pm : link
if I didn't already give it to my mom. She loved it so I told her she could have it.
aah bummer.  
RicFlair : 7/22/2013 10:14 pm : link
I would've been really intrigued to see what he'd do  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 8:36 am : link
with that license. It's a shame if he drops the project. I'd rather see it in his hands than someone else's.
Aint it cool news  
DanMetroMan : 7/23/2013 8:38 am : link
is claiming this isn't true. Strange nothing from Abrams or Disney considering this rumor is appearing everywhere.
It's a very believeable story.  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 8:39 am : link
He doesn't necessarily need to uproot his family. He's getting work left and right.
From aint it cool news  
DanMetroMan : 7/23/2013 8:40 am : link
Harry Knowles ‏@headgeek666 12h

I'm going to say this 1 last time. JJ Abrams is not leaving STAR WARS Ep 7.
Super 8 did a great job with atmosphere and mood  
Greg from LI : 7/23/2013 8:42 am : link
But the final third or so of it was incredibly bad.
not a fan of the Star Trek flicks...  
vonritz : 7/23/2013 8:51 am : link
so if JJ quits, fine by me. While Kirk and Spock were perfectly cast, and the interaction between the two is great, the rest of those movies is terrible. The villains are an emo mess, I don't like how they were filmed (visually) and the stories simply aren't very good with too many plot holes imo. If JJ is kept on a leash, fine. Otherwise, later.
JJ isn't going to be kept on a leash  
Giantology : 7/23/2013 8:55 am : link
They are giving him the leash. It's his project.
you didn't like how Star Trek looked visually?  
UConn4523 : 7/23/2013 9:24 am : link
well ok then.

Not that its the end all be all but it most likely wins best special effects in 2009 if Avatar didn't revolutionize 3D. It was also nominated for 2 sound awards and won best make up.

Again, not saying the Academy Awards are the end all be all, but to gripe against the movie for how it looked seems really weird to me.
i also don't understand what people think he will ruin  
UConn4523 : 7/23/2013 9:27 am : link
Star Wars was ruined starting with RotJ. I crappy ending to an otherwise stellar start to a trilogy. The 3 reboots were bad as well.

JJ would resurrect the series and re-establish a lot of credibility. It's not like he's taking over something that left off being top notch. Not sure what people are expecting here when virtually anything will be better than the rebooted garbage led by Hayden Christensen.
Chris in Philly : 7/23/2013 9:33 am : link
Whoever takes over, with the notable exceptions of Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich, would be a massive improvement over what Lucas has done to the franchise...
Super 8.....Agree with Greg/Britt...  
drkenneth : 7/23/2013 9:40 am : link
I'm not a big Sci-Fi guy, but went to see that in the theatre, thought the premise/feel was great.

The last third fell off a cliff...I sat there like:

"We came this far, and it's just a fucking alien???"
Haha, Roland Emmerich  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 9:43 am : link
Does he do anything other than "disaster story" movies?
yeah, the end of Super 8 wasn't very good  
UConn4523 : 7/23/2013 9:45 am : link
but the movie overall was and he got a lot out of a bunch of kid actors (the best i've seen maybe ever).

There is always room for improvement. Whether or not you like the Star Trek villians, he has completely resurrected that franchise for the better, and i'm sure would do the same to Star Trek. No reason to think he wouldn't bring his A game to something this massive.

But like I said before, outside of Wheedon who won't be able to do this, and whom doesn't completely sell me either, who exactly would be a better fit that is available?
CiP, the casting and tone of the Star Trek movies was spot on  
the_fridge : 7/23/2013 9:47 am : link
I just don't really understand the direction they took. They basically have added nothing new to the franchise. They did an origin story and then did Khan. It's all old stuff and basically a remake. It certainly doesn't give me much confidence that he can create something fun and new.
They did not break new ground with the reboot  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 9:51 am : link
but it's more like trying to bring in a new generation of fans who don't know or care about 60's trek.
You know who I want to handle the Star Wars franchise?  
jcn56 : 7/23/2013 9:53 am : link
Anyone but George Lucas.

So, as long as the name is not George Lucas, I'm fine with it. Shit, you could roll out CiP's favorite director, Michael Bay, and I'd even be willing to watch half of space explode over seeing another Lucas Star Wars.
please don't even say Michael Bay.  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 9:54 am : link
TTH, I get that. But, I guess I don't get why they rebooted  
the_fridge : 7/23/2013 9:54 am : link
the universe if they were just gonna tell the same stories? My kids don't know anything about ST, but loved the movies. So, I guess that worked to that extent. But so far his vision for ST has been re-do.
a Michael Bay Star Wars  
UConn4523 : 7/23/2013 9:55 am : link
would be absolutely hysterical and worth the $12 just to see a massive shit show. I kinda hope it happens...
the thing I liked the most about Super 8  
Greg from LI : 7/23/2013 9:56 am : link
The kids were kids. They weren't pint-sized sarcastic, wisecracking adults. They were just kids with the sense of wonder and excitement unique to childhood.
I'm not a Trekkie  
UConn4523 : 7/23/2013 9:57 am : link
and I've only seen a few of the older films, but he didn't exactly reboot something that was stellar. Half the movies were awful, and a huge chunk of the TV series was awful.

So if he took that as a foundation, and opened it up to old and new fans (which I think he did successfully), what's the problem?
C'mon, imagine Death Star 3  
jcn56 : 7/23/2013 9:58 am : link
taking over 4 minutes to blow up in high def on a big screen. Baytacular!
UConn4523 : 7/23/2013 9:59 am : link
I agree. I can't remember a better portrayal of a large group of kids like that, maybe ever.
Well, some of the Original Series stories  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 10:00 am : link
were actually REALLY good, they were just completely hamstrung by super limited technology and budget.

There's plenty of material to go to the well for to create interesting, good films.
Megan Fox as sex appeal Leia featuring slave thong bikini  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 10:02 am : link

Honestly though, Bay and Lucas are about the same.

Bay would have a lightsaber fight in an exploding volcano too.
joss whedon  
Hades07 : 7/23/2013 10:04 am : link
Off topic and maybe I am out of touch but what is he referencing about whedon being "hot" about?
EricNY33 : 7/23/2013 10:26 am : link
Dan at it again! ;-)

he means  
UConn4523 : 7/23/2013 10:27 am : link
he's the hottest directer because of the Marvel movies and getting Thor + Avengers up and running.

I also don't think its an apples to apples comparison. Two completely different directors who both have their faults (none glaring, IMO). Either would be a good choice, but as a fan of the Star Trek movies, I think JJ can only help Star Wars. He's also not tied into anything long term like Wheedon is.
Hades07 : 7/23/2013 11:48 am : link
I thought they were saying he was upset about something. Been a fan of Whedon's work for a long time.
DanMetroMan : 7/23/2013 11:50 am : link
from Deadspin and a bunch of sites were reporting! lol
o/t, but I didn't feel like starting a new thread for this  
Greg from LI : 7/23/2013 12:28 pm : link
Anyone else think the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street looks awful?
Couldn't agree with this quote more...  
Dan in the Springs : 7/23/2013 12:39 pm : link
They did not break new ground with the reboot
Ten Ton Hammer : 9:51 am
but it's more like trying to bring in a new generation of fans who don't know or care about 60's trek.

I grew up watching the Star Trek shows occasionally. Wasn't a huge fan, but they were entertaining enough. Didn't know enough to follow any kind of storylines that were developed and not resolved within the show.

It was time for something new. Why make something totally original that doesn't bind together the older fans with a new generation.

I think the new ST movies are excellent. Really, really enjoyed the second one. Just fun action/adventure movies set in space with enjoyable characters. What's wrong with that?

Apparently it doesn't sit well with those who have followed the franchise for a long time.
Incendentally, I'm 29 years old  
Ten Ton Hammer : 7/23/2013 12:42 pm : link
I've been trekking since I was maybe 10-12.

Going back and watching TOS is..hard. Even after they went back to the old film and cleaned up the visual's a hard time to go back and watch it.
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