So the newest news about the upcoming Star Wars trilogy is that at Episode VII will be directed by none other than Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. As a fan of both franchises I find this to be exciting news... yet I'm also a little conflicted about it as well.
J.J. Abrams is a pretty good director, especially if he has a good script to work from. He can do action well, and has a distinct visual style that will work for the franchise. I'm worried that his taking on this job will blur the lines between Star Trek and Star Wars. That might sound like an unbelievably geeky reason to be worried, but that rift between the two franchises has existed for thirty-five years. It is something the fans are passionate about.
In other words, I believe the fanboys will go insane.
That minor concern aside, this is a positive piece of news. The sooner that a director gets started, the more likely we will get a better movie. More time, more polish goes into script and visual effects. Editing can be done properly, and there can be actual screenings where good feedback can occur.
Perhaps this news will give all of us fans A New Hope...