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Fueling The Flames of Fandom: Simon Pegg Says J.J. Abrams Will Direct 'Star Trek 3,' But Will He?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 11, 2013 11:39 AM
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Ever since the surprise announcement that J.J. Abrams would direct "Stars Wars: Episode VII," the internet has churned in rampant speculation mode. What will these films entail? Who will star? What characters would return? But in another corner of the galaxy, many were asking what would happen to Abrams' "Star Trek" franchise. The sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness," hits theaters in May at the beginning of blockbuster season, but what of future installments? Won't Abrams be too busy with "Star Wars," particularly if that 2015 release date gets locked down?

What The Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Movies Mean For The Franchise & 5 Possibilities Of What They Could Be

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2013 1:19 PM
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And it's official.... The rumors have been kicking around for a while, ever since it was announced that "Empire Strikes Back" writer Lawrence Kasdan and "Sherlock Holmes" scribe Simon Kinberg were developing "Star Wars"-related projects, but Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed yesterday that, aside from a new "Star Wars" trilogy, the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, the studio are working on stand-alone films in George Lucas' universe that will be "derived from great 'Star Wars' characters that are not part of the overall saga.'

Disney CEO Bob Iger Confirms 'Star Wars' Character Stand Alone Movies, But Not Part Of The Overall Saga

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 5:20 PM
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So, remember that rumor from earlier today about how Disney was possibly planning a Yoda stand alone as part of their expansive "Star Wars" plans? Well, it just got a bit more weight from someone pretty high up the food chain.

Rumor: Disney Planning Character Driven 'Star Wars' Spinoffs, Yoda To Get Stand-Alone Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 8:39 AM
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This is neither the first nor last time rumors about Disney's plans for the "Star Wars" franchise go flying around, so treat it accordingly. And we have to say, this is vaguer than most, so take it for what it's worth.

J.J. Abrams Hasn't Agreed To 2015 Release Date For 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' Film Could Be Pushed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2013 11:06 AM
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May the wait be longer... With J.J. Abrams now officially on board to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7," and Disney confirming the news late last week, fans are now patiently waiting for 2015, the date that was first tossed out for the potential release. But it looks like that may not be set in stone. In fact, Disney's press release announcing Abrams made no mention of a release date at all, and this is perhaps why....

That Didn't Take Long: Watch The 'Star Wars: Into Darkness' Trailer Mashup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 12:14 PM
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The conversation for basically the next two years will be just how J.J. Abrams will approach "Star Wars: Episode 7" now that he's officially confirmed to direct. We've already discussed five things he may be bringing to the table, and suggested ten ways he can ensure the next sequel is great. But given the shroud of secrecy he puts on all of his projects, Abrams won't tell us anything until he's damn well good and ready. So until then, to the mashups!

J.J. Abrams Will Produce 'Star Trek 3,' Develop New 'Mission: Impossible' Movie; Pilot With Alfonso Cuarón Ordered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 9:55 AM
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Happy New Year, J.J. Abrams! As January winds to a close, the events of the past week have basically suggested that Abrams is essentially the new Steven Spielberg. Last night, Disney officially confirmed the news that J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" (see press release below). But of course the big question is what becomes of Abrams' relationship with Paramount?

10 Things J.J. Abrams Needs To Do With 'Star Wars: Episode VII' To Make It Great

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2013 3:09 PM
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So the question that's been dominating the movie world for the past few months has finally been answered. After lots of rumors and speculation, with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Jon Favreau, Guillermo Del Toro, Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow among the many names linked to the project, firm news has emerged that J.J. Abrams, creator of TV shows "Felicity," "Lost," "Alias" and "Fringe," among others, and director of blockbusters "Mission Impossible III," "Star Trek," "Super 8" and the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness," has been hired to direct "Star Wars Episode VII," the continuation of George Lucas' classic sci-fi saga.

5 Things We Could Expect From J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 25, 2013 10:57 AM
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With the news arriving yesterday that "Lost" co-creator and "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams will take over from George Lucas and direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," the first in a planned platoon of new "Star Wars" features from Disney, it inevitably means speculation about what, exactly, such a decision will mean for the franchise.

J.J. Abrams Joins The Empire, Confirmed To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 4:40 PM
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Usually we'd be throwing up flags on this until Disney announces this thing themselves, but The Wrap and THR are both reporting that this is indeed legit and real, so let's get to it....

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