Star Wars Rumor: Has JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Directing Gig Been Thrown Into The Garbage Chute? written by Justin Bolger July 22, 2013 Numerous rebel spies are telling Badass Digest that JJ Abrams may be close to leaving Star Wars: Episode VII. The most likely motivation for this being his preference for the film being made in the United States rather the UK’s Pinewood Studios. The site wisely points to Germany’s upcoming Star Wars Celebration Europe II convention as a way to further gauge the accuracy of these rumors. The convention is the ideal place for new Star Wars announcements, so Episode VII news, or lack thereof, will be the best indication as to whether or not JJ Abrams still fits into the future of the galaxy far, far away. Personal Note: If Abrams does indeed drop out, I’d love for Disney to hire Joss Whedon. I understand the odds of successfully securing him to helm this particular film are well over 3,720 to 1, but he’s been my pick for the job since I saw Serenity (and I’m not a Firefly fan). It’s the best Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi, and Whedon’s masterful balancing of that kind of storytelling and spectacle with the type of characterization that made the original trilogy such an iconic saga made it so. I’d love to see him play in George Lucas’s sandbox sometime. UPDATE: Apparently The Force is still strong with this one. IGN reached out to Lucasfilm, who denied the rumors stating, “There is no truth to the rumor. JJ is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.” Rumor: Has JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Directing Gig Been Thrown Into The Garbage Chute? was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Justin Bolger Related Star Wars: The Force Awakens 13 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Justin Bolger previous post Fox Unveils First Posters for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ next post ‘Agent Carter’ Packs a Punch in First Clip You may also like JJ Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars’ January 24, 2013 The Force For Change Is Strong With... August 11, 2014 Introducing The First STAR WARS Stand-Alone Film... March 12, 2015 Report: Felicity Jones In Talks For STAR... February 3, 2015 See The Ultimate Star Wars Collectibles With... June 1, 2016 MMM Podcast #182: Gareth Edwards Directing The... 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And as a devoted fan of Palpatine, I couldn’t find it in my heart to say it. I agree with the sentiment though, and find Serenity to be a better FILM than Jedi. Dave Jedi has kind of gotten a bad rap lately. But I agree that it holds up pretty well. Palpatine is more than enough to overcome any shortcomings. So it’s not even so much that Jedi doesn’t do it’s part. It’s that Serenity is so good that I think it’s a close call. Gregory Walsh I always just think they are wookies. In the end everything to do with Luke, Darth and Palpatine wins the day. JustinActual Watching Palpatine’s machinations throughout the prequel trilogy and being aware of his puppet mastering every significant event is the saving grace of those films. Thank the gods for Ian McDiarmid. As you said, he wins the day in Jedi, and especially in the prequels. JustinActual I think you nailed it. Considering that it’s essentially a series finale made for the big screen, Serenity truly transcends any limitations it may have and makes for an excellent standalone movie on its own. It really is a great film. Naes The problem with Jedi goes beyond the Ewoks.The Ewoks are indicative of the commercial crassness of the movie. One real problem is repetition. You like the Death Star? Another Death Star. You like family revelations? Uhh, We got Luke’s sister now. You like the desert planet? We’ll go back there. You like the Cantana scene with the crazy collection of monsters? Jabba’s Palace will be just like that. Another problem is fundamental plot issues. Luke’s rescue plan of Han makes no logical sense. Getting everyone captured is not exactly a stroke of genius even though we are led to believe Luke had it planned this way all along. Ultimately, Luke is irrelevant to the resolution of the movie. If he lives or dies or joins the Dark Side in Palpatine’s throne room, the rebels will still blow up the Death Star and the Imperial Fleet and win regardless. His actions on the Death Star are irrelevant. Every time I see Jedi, I like it less and I think it is clearly inferior to the first two. The original treatment of the script was much more bittersweet. I think the rebels were supposed to win but Han and Lando died, Luke rode off into the sunset to restart the Jedi, and Leia was left alone to rebuild. Instead it ends with a Teddy Bear picnic. Now Phantom Menace is simply godawful, irredeemably so. Adrian Edmondson I’m all for him finishing what he started with stock I’m pretty sure SW 7 will be all style no substance no matter who directs it, because the source material is flimsy to begin with, and even that was shattered with the prequels. “His mitichloridians are off the chart, master!” Lost me with that line alone. Stupid me, I still went to see them. And is every movie set in a space ship with a Han Solo knock-off a Star Wars movie? Robert Reineke While there have been rumors, any problems are likely unrelated to shooting the film at Pinewood Studios. There’s history there and it’s England, not Central Africa, after all. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if Abrams is being treated as a hired gun on the film and chafing at it. It’s clear to me that Kathleen Kennedy and Disney are running the show. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Abrams has much less power and control on this production, along with a tight timeline, than he’s used to. Gregory Walsh God please be true. Get this hack out of here. Whedon or Branagh are so much more well suited.