Two of the most beloved fanboy franchises – “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” – are reportedly about to have a common tie beyond all the space stuff.
According to TheWrap.com, J.J. Abrams, the director/producer/writer entrusted with rebooting the “Star Trek” movie series, will direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchise.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has been eagerly recruiting Abrams for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” reports TheWrap.com. For good reason: He runs one of the Hollywood’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and directed the film spectacles “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” and “Super 8.” He also created or co-created television franchises like “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Alias.”
Abrams has been working hard to finish “Star Trek Into Darkness,” his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. The sequel opens May 18.
Disney has slated the new “Star Wars” film for 2015 release. “Little Miss Sunshine” screenwriter Michael Arndt is penning the script.