The news that J.J. Abrams would be the man to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ and lead the ‘Star Wars‘ franchise into a new era was met with mixed response today. While there were many who loved the news, there were others quick to shout “lens flare!” and rain on the ‘Star Wars’ parade. J.J. Abrams might not be the most original director out there, but there is good reason to believe he is the man for the job.
He's a Huge 'Star Wars' Fan
He's a self-professed 'Star Wars' fanatic which will bring passion back to a franchise that had completely lost all its passion.
Lucasfilm Will Trust His Vision
J.J. Abrams is not an up-and-coming director. He's not a hire that is basically a puppet being controlled by producers and George Lucas. J.J. comes with some considerable clout and is not afraid to flex that muscle for what he believes in.
He Has Experience With a Massive Sci-Fi Franchise.
'Safety Not Guaranteed' was a great movie and Colin Trevorrow is going to go on to make some great films but 'Star Wars: Episode 7' as his second film seemed like a big leap. And we love Ben Affleck as a director but 'Star Wars' seems way out of his wheelhouse. Abrams created 'LOST,' directed a 'Mission: Impossible' film and rebooted the 'Star Trek' franchise, which gives him the perfect amount of experience to handle 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'
Composer Michael Giacchino Would Write the New 'Star Wars' Music.
Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino has worked with J.J. Abrams on all of his films so far (plus 'Alias' and 'LOST').
The Return of Epic Action Sequences.
The last few 'Star Wars' films got away from big action and got into big politics and let's face it, that got boring very quickly.
He Writes Great Female Characters.
Let's face it - the 'Star Wars' franchise is in desperate need of a strong female character. Minus Princess Leia, 'Star Wars' has been lacking in this department over the years.
The 'Star Trek' Universe Will Expand More Quickly.
A new director could expedite the expansion of the 'Star Trek' universe into a rebooted TV series and a third film that won't take years to develop.
This Could Mean a Starring Role for Simon Pegg.
Hey, Edgar Wright said it best himself. Simon Pegg has starred in J.J.'s 'Mission: Impossible III' and his reboot of 'Star Trek' so why not go for the trifecta and cast Simon Pegg as a Jedi?