J.J. Abrams will direct the next Star Wars movie

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One of the most coveted and high profile directing gigs has just been reportedly locked down by J.J. Abrams. Sources all over Hollywood are stating that Abrams will direct the next Star Wars movie and that this deal is very close to officially closing. Even though Abrams stated that he wasn't interested in the Star Wars job a few months back, The Wrap is now reporting that he's been lured by the power of the force. Abrams is allegedly getting ready to push around his long list of producing projects and get back in the chair to direct the brand new Star Wars that Disney is backing. The studio has the first new Star Wars slated for a 2015 release and right now the writer behind Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndy, is penning the script.

The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit has also tweet confirmed that "J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode 7! Sources say the negotiations quite down the road." Deadline is also reporting that it's a "done deal."

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So that's what "non-plussed" feels like. All this time, I wondered.

I feel like it could go either way. Super 8 was such a Spielberg-like non Spielberg film, I can see him keeping what's good in Lucas' original style for the first three movies and giving it a good, new voice. I can also see him doing such a JJ Abrams thing to it that it will just further dilute what's left of whatever "Star Wars" still means for the two people left in the world who haven't had that meaning altered irrevocably from I,II, III and the Clone Wars cartoon.