Can JJ Abrams handle Star Wars?

Posted by David Konow

Yes, JJ Abrams is going to be the director of the next Star Wars movie.

At first, the genre veteran publicly announced he didn’t want to direct the next Star Wars because he loves the franchise so much and didn’t want to feel the burden of having to reinvent it. Yet now he’s apparently all ready to go, and it’s a very surprising development indeed in the Star Wars saga. 

Unsurprisingly, the 'Net is currently overflowing with opinions about Abrams directing the next Star Wars. And on JJ’s Facebook page, fans begged Abrams to do Star Wars right, while a petition also went up on change.org trying to get Abrams off the series. 
 
Here’s a few postings on the Facebook page: "This could be a historic moment. If done right. Whatever you do, don’t pull a Shyamalan on us." Another post says simply, "Don’t f*ck it up." Another post asked for no lens flare in Star Wars or “we will hate you and hunt you down." 
 
As for the petition to try to remove JJ, it begins by telling us, "JJ Abrmas is a fine director," but "Star Wars requires a director that can transport us to another time long ago in a distant galaxy far, far away. The strong visual style of Abrams (lens flares, camera shake, etc.) will be too reminiscent of his Star Trek productions and puts the unique look of Star Wars at serious risk."
 
Instead, this petition recommended that Guillermo Del Toro (who already turned it down), Jon Favreau, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper (?!), and Matthew Vaughn would be better choices. 
 
Now for Twitter reactions.  Elijah Wood tweeted, "The Flare is strong with this one." And as Paul Scheer tweeted, "As long a JJ avoids Severe Blunt Force Trauma to the Head, these new Star Wars films will be WAY better than the last ones." 
 
Although it’s too early to sort this issue out, several fans, as well as Abrams screenwriter Roberto Orci (Alias, Star Trek), also tweeted, “What does JJ directed SW mean for Star Trek [3?] Honestly…No clue.” 
 
No matter how good or bad Abrams does in helming the next Star Wars, there’s always going to be haters no matter what. I can’t imagine what kind of pressure he’s going to be under to take one of the most iconic sci-fi franchises in history.

Oh wait a minute, he also took on Star Trek and it turned out great. We’re still a few more years away from seeing how Abrams does with Star Wars, and we’ll definitely be waiting with an open mind, with our fingers crossed for the best.