J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.
This could still just be a rumor, what with Abrams previously denying that he would direct Star Wars and the use of “an individual with knowledge of the production” as a source.
But I think we can assume this is legitimate. To make a new Star Wars credible, Disney needed a nerd’s nerd to be the director. Nowadays, that brings two individuals to mind: J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon. I can think of few others who are as well known for respect for source material and knowing what makes particular franchises fun.