Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Lucasfilm Denies J.J. Abrams Leaving 'Star Wars: Episode VII;' New Writers May Beam Aboard 'Star Trek 3'

News
by Drew Taylor
July 22, 2013 6:47 PM
10 Comments
  • |

Someone had a little too much fun at Comic-Con: today, while running down rumors of a new writing team boarding the third 'Star Trek' installment for Bad Robot and Paramount, Badass Digest writer Devin Faraci struck a nerve when he insinuated that director J.J. Abrams would soon be dropping out of the astronomically anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." Sure enough, a few hours later, Lucasfilm has issued a sternly worded rebuttal. Abrams is still very much directing "Star Wars: Episode VII," and as for those "Star Trek" specifics he unleashed in the same post, well now they seem dodgier than Han Solo's claim that he made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.

The original post claimed that the writer, while in San Diego for Comic-Con, has been "hearing tons of rumors that J.J. Abrams is on the verge of dropping out of 'Star Wars.' " He went on: "This has been something I've heard for a while now, and from multiple insiders. I know that he didn't want to shoot the movie in England and was overruled, but that happened a while ago. This weekend at Comic Con I continued to hear these whispers. No director for 'Trek 3' has been found yet—might Abrams end up coming back after all, leaving 'Star Wars' to someone else? I'm expecting Star Wars news out of the German Star Wars Celebration at the end of the month—if there is some sort of announcement of a title or casting and Abrams isn't there, start wondering." Well, if you can't believe whispers, what can you believe?

In their statement to IGN, Lucasfilm said, "There is no truth to the rumor. J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year." Oh, well, nothing to see here.

The same post claims that the third 'Star Trek' entry will be co-written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, veterans of Abrams' Bad Robot production company thanks to their work on "Fringe," a series co-created by Abrams and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who served as co-writers on the first two 'Trek' features. (They also worked on "X-Men: First Class" and "Thor.") The report claims that while Stentz and Miller have been hired on as writers, Kurtzman and Orci will also contribute, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The same report states that Paramount wants the movie ready for 2016, so they can tie it into the 50th Anniversary of the original "Star Trek," which, if true, definitely rules out Abrams as a director for the third 'Trek' movie, considering much of his 2015 will be spent finishing up and promoting "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Considering how deeply, deeply wrong the Abrams rumor was, take this 'Star Trek' writers rumor with an Enterprise-sized grain of salt.

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

10 Comments

  • JohnMcCorn | July 23, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    Devin Faraci proves that once again, he's the Rush Limbaugh of Movie News. He just spouts off all sorts of hyperbolic statements all the time. It gets tiresome.

  • TheoC | July 23, 2013 3:17 AMReply

    Such a weak rumour, blame geography!. I think even if you hate Abrams, he was probably aware that Star Wars would shoot in the UK like all the other Star Wars movies.

  • Carlos the Magnificent | July 22, 2013 10:10 PMReply

    What do you mean Han didn't make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs? That claim is as factual as solid as the fact that Han shot at Greedo first.

  • jake | July 23, 2013 9:39 PM

    Are you still going on about Han shooting first? That happened about 15 years ago. Grow up.

    Better yet, please talk about the recent atrocities to beloved film franchises, like:
    Captian Kirk dying and then coming back unscathed, Khan being British, Uhuru being a love interest, Planet Vulcan being blown up, Captain Pike dying, etc. etc. etc.

  • jake | July 23, 2013 9:39 PM

    Are you still going on about Han shooting first? That happened about 15 years ago. Grow up.

    Better yet, please talk about the recent atrocities to beloved film franchises, like:
    Captian Kirk dying and then coming back unscathed, Khan being British, Uhuru being a love interest, Planet Vulcan being blown up, Captain Pike dying, etc. etc. etc.

  • Mark | July 22, 2013 7:11 PMReply

    Oh well, it was nice to have some hope for a few hours. A corporate hack-job it is then.

  • shawno85 | July 22, 2013 6:59 PMReply

    I saw Abrams speak at the PGA conference just a few weekends ago when he spoke about moving his family to England for the film. There's definitely no chance he's leaving if the plans are in motion to move his whole family. I'm so sick of internet "reporting" these days. Journalism is definitely dead.

  • Matthew Lingo | July 22, 2013 6:57 PMReply

    Boilerplate Lucasfilms denial does not shoot down a rumor like this, so maybe tone down the smugness and wait and see?

  • No Balls | July 22, 2013 11:16 PM

    Like Faraci did anything other than hedge is fucking bets in the most ball-less way ever.

  • Chris | July 22, 2013 7:32 PM

    Yeah, I love how Drew just accepts the Lucasfilm denial hook, line and sinker - as if it definitively proves (in his words) "how deeply, deeply wrong" the earlier report was. Jesus Christ.

Email Updates