Disney acquired LucasFilm for $4 billion in October. After buying out Lucasfilm, Disney announced that they will be launching a new Star Wars movie. The working title for the movie is Star Wars Episode VII. George Lucas will not be directing though. Instead J.J. Abrams will be the director. The announcement was made on Friday night at midnight EST on StarWars.com.
“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,” stated Lucas.
J.J. Abrams has directed movies like Mission Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), and Super 8 (2011). He was the executive producer of Alias (2001-2006), Person of Interest (2011-2013), and Fringe (2008-2013).