“That’s not true, THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE!”
The breaking news of last night was that J.J. Abrams, who is responsible for rebooting Star Trek, and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness is apparently now set to direct Episode VII. What has happened to Hollywood over the past few years? Abrams is a decent enough director, with Super 8 (2011) under his belt, but in TV land, Lost, Fringe and Alias were miles away from justifying their hype as far as I’m concerned.
As a Trekkie, Star Trek (2009) was not the unbridled success that many thought but it has certainly introduced a legion of new fans and reinvigorated the franchise after the unfairly criticised Star Trek Nemesis (2002) and Star Trek: Enterprise saw the end to 15 year “Next Generation era”. but he also ran roughshod over the series’ concepts and delivered a tone which I still feel is shy of Gene Roddenberry’s original series, or even the high point of the movies, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982). I must admit, even though critically, my rating has not increased since my review back in 2009, I do enjoy the film more and more as time goes on. It’s entertaining fluff and little more.
So, what do I think about Abrams and Star Wars? Well, not much. He is NOT the man who I would have wanted for the job. His style is too specific, it would be like Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg or Christopher Nolan directing, each with a highly distinctive style, so I was hoping for the likes of Matthew Vaughan who was being strongly mooted for the directors chair, a solid choice, with X-Men: First Class (2011) and Kick-Ass (2010) to his name. But saying that, there is still hope as Super 8, Abram’s best film, was a brilliant take on Spielberg’s style of the 1970’s, so if he can channel the same energy for Star Wars, then this could be the one of the best decisions that Lucas and his team have made in years, and Spielberg Producer, Kathleen Kennedy won’t do any harm either.
And it is interesting that the same man would be helming two of Science Fiction’s biggest franchises, another first.
I wait with bated breath and genuinely hope that they’ve got the right man for job, even though J.J. Abrams is defiantly overrated in my opinion, but I am still as hopeful as I am sceptical.