Lost creator J. J. Abrams to direct next Star Wars chapter

jjThe seventh Star Wars film (Episode VII), following on directly from Return of the Jedi, will be directed by J. J. Abrams. Abrams has some impressive film and television science fiction credentials, including the television shows Fringe, Alias, Lost  and feature films Super8 and Star Trek - just to name a few.

The Age reports that Abrams called getting the job to direct a seventh live-action Star Wars film "as surreal as it is exciting".

Creator George Lucas gave him his personal blessing saying: "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."

We expect to see Star Wars VII sometime in 2015. Abrams was tight lipped on what the next Star Wars chapter would entail:

"You know, obviously, it's so early," Abrams said. "I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we're just getting started. I'm very excited."

As a massive Fringe and Lost enthusiast, I think this is the best news we could possibly have hoped for (although if Stanley Kubrick was still with us, he would probably have been a even better choice - but you can't have everything).

Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars films in October 2012 from Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, then quickly announced they would be making three new Star Wars chapters.

Recently, George Lucas revealed that he planned to give most of the money earned from the Disney sale to education based charities.

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