The world of science-fiction fandom was rocked on Thursday by the news that, reportedly, Disney and J. J. Abrams have either made the deal or are incredibly close to a deal for him to direct the upcoming Episode VII of the Star Wars franchise. The exact status of the deal is unknown, with reports from various sources saying that it is very close, while one source told Deadline.com that, “It’s done deal with J.J.”
This is a most surprising and shocking development, in light of an interview Abrams gave back in October, when he expressed no interest in the project, and that he passed on it out of loyalty to his work on Star Trek. However, LucasFilms head Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams for the job and now it appears that she may have succeeded in landing his services for this new film.
This news has rocked fandom and caused some great volume levels on Twitter when it leaked. Fans of both franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars, are reacting to this news. Star Wars fans reactions are ranging from excitement to some who express total disgust saying that this will be the end of Star Wars. Star Trek fans are reacting with concern, wondering if this will cause Paramount to terminate Abrams’ continued involvement with their beloved franchise after “Star Trek Into Darkness” is finished and released.