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It has officially been confirmed, the long trek is over and the rumor wars can cease. J.J. Abrams is directing 'Star Wars Episode VII.' The man now holds the keys to both of the two biggest sci-fi franchises, though one can imagine someone else will probably have to take over the next 'Star Trek.' He has apparently already been locked to produce the next installment after 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' All this being said, we have not rid ourselves of all uncertainties regarding the new 'Star Wars' films. Not only do we have no locked-down cast, but things that were concrete from day one are now seemingly up in the air. Specifically, the long-established 2015 release date has become questionable. Sources say Abrams has not committed to that date and it may change if the development process requires it.
So first and foremost, there is no longer any doubt, Abrams is our guy. Well, I should say there is no longer any doubt that he is Disney's selection for the job. Though I'm thrilled at his hiring, I'm sure there will be no end to the debate over whether he is the right choice until, and even beyond, the film's release. Which brings us to the other looming situation here: will we see 'Episode VII' in 2015. To be honest, my first reaction upon hearing Disney/Lucasfilm's proposed release date was that it seemed like they weren't giving themselves too terribly much time to restart the franchise, especially with none of the elements in place at the time. While there is a sense of disappointment that 'Episode VII' could be delayed, I'd much rather Abrams be afforded the opportunity to take his time and craft something really excellent to jump-start 'Star Wars.' After suffering through the prequels, would we really want something rushed and not fully realized? This does obviously take a major feather out of the cap of 2015's release slate, but that was to be expected with such a forecast.
What do you guys think? Disappointed 'Episode VII' may be pushed back? Do you think developing a quality product trumps holding to the predesignated release date? Now that Abrams is confirmed, any further thoughts on his selection?