Some thoughts on J.J. Abrams directing ‘Star Wars’
The news that J.J. Abrams will be directing the newest installment in the iconic Star Wars was for me welcome news. Seeing what Abrams did for Star Trek as well as the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed his first Star Trek movie and am eagerly awaiting Star Trek: Into Darkness, makes me genuinely hopeful for a great Star Wars movie. Perhaps the most promising aspect for me is that I feel Abrams can be trusted. Who better than a very talented science fiction geek and fan!?
When speaking about Abrams, George Lucas said, “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
Abrams knows the material, not because he got the job and then went to Red Box and rented all six movies, Clone Wars, and read a whole bunch of comics and books, but because he watched and read all this stuff for fun! Abrams is a fan of Lucas and will admit to being influenced greatly by Star Wars. I know what he means because I too had my young and impressionable mind shaped by the ways of the Force and George Lucas’ Opus.
When asked to comment on his new job Abrams said, “To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”
At the end of the day he’s got the skills, he’s got the credentials, he got the job and he gets it! Plain and simply Abrams is a fan and he innately knows what is cool about Star Trek and Star Wars. This guy speaks geek just as good as the rest of us Sci-Fi loving nerds; the difference is, he can actually articulate his love of the genre into an on screen vision and if Lucas trusts him with the keys to the Empire, then so should we.
SO SAY WE ALL!
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator and science fiction reporter. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Divorce Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit tye on facebook and www.thelightersideofscifi.com.