J.J. Abrams in Talks to Take Over 'Star Wars VII' (REPORT)

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According to news released today, director J.J. Abrams will henceforth be placed in charge of every blockbuster franchise beginning with the word “Star.” Abrams has reportedly signed onboard to direct Star Wars Episode VII, a title what was until several months ago considered an unlikely sequel, at best, The Wrap reported Thursday.

The director is currently finishing up work on the sequel to his reboot of the Star Trek saga, the much-discussed, highly anticipated summer release Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was his work on this series that seemingly inspired Abrams to take himself out of contention for George Lucas’ cinematic empire as recently as November, claiming that he’d rather be in the audience as a fan than behind the camera a director.

But ever since Disney snatched up Lucasfilm in late 2012, producer Kathleen Kennedy has been aggressively courting the geek icon to take up the helm of (at least) the first of the three planned sequels. Details of the agreement are forthcoming and we expect an official announcement shortly. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see what might have turned J.J. Abrams around – aside, of course, from the millions of dollars and a place in sci-fi history.

Which, technically, he had already thanks to Star Trek. What should be interesting now is Abrams' camp attempting to squelch the low roar of dissent from Trekfans who feel betrayed by the filmmaker's possible move to the rival franchise.

What do you think about the news that Abrams may soon be at the helm of the Millenium Falcon? Is he a part of the rebel alliance, or the evil Empire? Sound off in the comments section below.

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