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J.J. Abrams Reportedly Tapped To Direct Next "Star Wars" Film

posted 25 Jan 2013, 05:15 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 25 Jan 2013, 05:29 ]

Various media outlets are reporting that director J.J. Abrams has been tapped to helm "Star Wars: Episode VII"

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAUNITED STATES (REUTERS) - Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has reportedly been asked to direct the upcoming "Star Wars" film, in the first installment since Disney purchased the megahit franchise from Lucasfilm late last year.

The news first broke in "The Wrap," a entertainment industry blog, although Disney has not yet confirmed the reports.

Abrams is a highly successful film director, with "Mission: Impossible III," "Star Trek" and "Super 8" among his credits, and he has also created the television programs "Lost" and "Alias."

Walt Disney Co. agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm and its "Star Wars" franchise for $4.05 billion dollars (USD) in cash and stock in October. Disney plans to release at least three more films sci-fi saga that ranks among the biggest movie franchises of all time. The last "Star Wars" picture was "Revenge of the Sith" in 2005.

The next "Star Wars" movie installment will be Episode 7 in the series.