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You've probably heard this somewhere else already - but this is big news - perhaps the biggest news in the  geek universe for a long time! So I was wondering if anyone had any views on this?

I've already shown my enthusiasm for a new Star Wars installment:
Star Wars 7 - We're Back by Robert-Shane

... but I didn't guess that the guy who's behind the Star Trek re-boot would also get his hands on Star Wars! How lucky can one guy be!? (hears voice in head "in my experience there's no such thing as luck" - ok, thanks Obi-Wan,!)

More on this story here: www.slashfilm.com/j-j-abrams-t…

...hopefully an official announcement soon.

[***EDIT*** Now confirmed: starwars.com/news/star-wars-is… ]
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
i'm not a startrek fan but i was a big fan of jj's star trek movie. kind of excited to see his take on starwars.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's probably a good sign of JJ's directing talent - because I'm guessing they were hoping to appeal to a wider audience when they signed him up for the Trek movies - and it sounds like 'job done' from your point of view. I guess his signing on to Star Wars is just another piece of the puzzle in place... now the rumors can really start!
(Did your team win superbowl?)
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Bryson-C Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Can't lie, I'm kind of disappointed...Star Trek 09 was very forgettable, designed as a product for people to consume and then move on. Patronizing at parts, too.

And like everyone's pointing out, the lens flare. Oh God the lens flare. Lightsabers are going to be hilarious.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do know what you mean (although it was Star Trek 10 that he directed). I've got it on DVD - I watched it... once... I liked it, but I've still only watched it once! :lol:
But I think he's up to the task if Super 8 was anything to go on.
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Bryson-C Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Heh, I meant 09 as in the year. :p I can see how that might have been confusing.

I really hope you're right, I'm just not getting my hopes up.
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Mandalorianwarriors Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Damn! Looks like you beat me on making a Journal Entry about this! :lol:

Man this is gonna be great. I can't think of one bad movie that was made by JJ Abrams. The most recent movie from JJ was Super 8, which was fan-flipping-fantastic. ;)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: and i don't even do many journal entries - but this was such big news I had to get typing right away to hear what people on here think.

I totally agree with you about Super 8 - it proved he could do a movie with 'heart' and was very 'Speilberg-esque' :thumbsup:
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Mandalorianwarriors Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Agreed! Only down fall is having to wait another 2 years until this movie comes out. :(
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I don't know. It isn't confirmed yet, so I'm not holding my breath, but it is an interesting possibility.

That being said, I think I'd like Abrams' direction. His work with Star Trek was spectacular, and if he could maintain action as well as character development, then the new SW movie will be awesome.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still don't think it's official - although it does seem to be everywhere on the net now?

I do agree with you about his direction - although he's actually directed remarkably few movies. I think Super 8 was his best so far and it's probably the one that got him the job - if/when it's confirmed...
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Doc000 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Imagine all the lens flares he'll be able to do everytime someone pulls out a lightsaber. :D Lens flares...lens flares everywhere!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...and can you imagine if they film it in 3D - people will have on their 3D glasses and a set of sunglasses as well to tone down the brightness! :lol:
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man this guy is getting all the plum jobs.

I am just keen for a new Star Wars to happen to be honest. The story and the characters they use is going to be the most important part for me, I'm dying to see what direction they take this.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: yeah I guess he must be pretty pleased with the way his life's going!

I agree - I'm just glad they're finally doing it when it looked for so long that it would never happen or we'd just have a TV series!
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hear that, I thought we were done with Star Wars movies, especially considering how well the newer ones were received.
Glad it's gathering momentum though.
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Rutana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Writer
lol, I glanced over the title and thought
"ok, Star Trek 2 is directed by JJ Abrams... nothing new"

Great News definatly. Maybe he'll manage to change my opinion about the Movies XD
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: let's hope so!
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'm not bothering to opine too much until they make an official announcement.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point! Very wise.
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AdamKop Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah saw it in two different sources as well. I think that it's actually a good thing. Abrams actually likes good CGI and I'm pretty sure that he will try to get a different take on the story. I just hope he doesn't rescale the fighters to be 50 meters long :D
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The point you make about CGI is an important one - let's hope he shows some restraint with it so that the movies aren't effectively cartoons like the prequels turned out!
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AdamKop Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah it's a bit weird how unstable the prequels were when it comes to the VFX. I think that the Phantom Menace was actually the most solid one with obvious flaws such as low-res models and weird animations. Still, Theed looks amazing, Coruscant was brilliant, and Amidala's ship landing on Tatooine is the best thing I have seen in the new trilogy.
I actually liked the setting in the new Trek and from what I've seen in the first 10 minutes of the sequel (don't know if you can watch that online, I had a link sent to me directly and the next day it was taken down from that site as it was from a private screening) Abrams is actually moving away from the flashy explosive style and more into grim style.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly think they got a little carried away with the CGI in the prequels. It's interesting that you pick out the Phantom Menace as the one with the best use of CG (and I'd agree) because it also feels like the one where the CG was best incorporated into real landscapes. The second movie started to introduce more totally CG environments (I'm thinking the droid factory was a terrible mistake) - and by the third movie it was almost like 'Sin City' - with virtually no 'real' environments. I bet the actors hate the color green! :lol:
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AdamKop Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha exactly :D TPM also used some physical models (some scanned I guess), so it looked more beliveable. I think one of the problems with real locations was that Qui Gon was too tall and they had to do CGI extentions on some of the scenes :D
I think that George wanted to change too many things and the quality just couldn't be there on time. I hope that Abrams gets a really huge budget on this one and impresses us all !
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps that is Mr Lucas's only failing... he is a perfectionist!
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