TheWrap is reporting that J.J. Abrams will direct the next entry in the Star Wars franchise for Disney. The publication also says Golden Globe-winning director Ben Affleck was in the running before producers decided to go with Abrams.
Abrams, co-creator of Lost and Fringe for television and director of the re-imagined Star Trek movies, had previously and publicly taken himself out of consideration.
Confirmed: J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode 7! Sources say the negotiations quite down the road.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 24, 2013
Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine screenwriter Michael Arndt has been confirmed to be working on the script for Star Wars Episode VII.
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