“Star Wars”… sigh, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” is the greatest standalone science-fiction movie of all time. It tells a complete story and you can enjoy it without watching another second of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and company.
J.J. Abrams has been getting a lot of love as being the ideal successor to take over the Star Wars franchise starting with “Episode VII” and he’s got another big fan in Star Wars creator George Lucas himself.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Lucas shared his thoughts on the future of the franchise under Abrams’ direction.
“Yeah, [I’m excited]. J.J.’s a great director and we’re friends,” Lucas said. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works.”
For those prequel haters who may be concerned that Lucas will be overly involved, he says he will have very limited involvement if at all.
“If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”
I’m of the mindset a TV series really starts to show you what it’s about during its third season. The writers can skate by with a decent formula for two seasons, but by the third it’s time to prove if it’s going to be a legitimate classic or one
“Lost” reached its moment of truth after its first six episodes of the third season, but when it resumed from that mini-hiatus, it went on a daring, creative path and the writers never looked back as they constantly kept challenging viewers to not expect status quo. By its third season, “Heroes” revealed that season 2 writer’s strike aside, it was a one season wonder. More recently, “The Walking Dead” had to up the ante after a slow-paced “Search for Sophia” arc that many complained went nowhere and the creators responded with an unpredictable season filled with many memorable and shocking moments.
As he’s beginning the promotional rounds for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” a sequel to one of the better reboots in the last decade, J.J. Abrams is in the unfamiliar territory of people more curious about his next project than the one he’s just completed. Course it’s not every day you get tabbed to take over one of the most revered franchises in movie history.
I’ve said it before, but there was no better choice to handle the next era of Star Wars films than Abrams, a brilliant filmmaker who excels at exceeding audience expectations.
Lucasfilm confirmed the excitedly worst-kept secret in the last 24-hours: J.J. Abrams is directing “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but also of very intriguing note — Abrams will be consulting with Lawrence Kasdan (writer of the best “Star Wars” film to date – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”) and working with his producing partner Bryan Burk, who’s worked with Abrams on “Cloverfield,” “Alias,” “Lost” and “Fringe” among other projects.
And I am officially ready to geek out and start my countdown for 2015 when we’re getting both “Avengers 2” and “Episode 7.” Can you say the best movie year of this decade??