In what has to be the biggest conflict of interest in Hollywood history, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars VII.
Abrams told Entertainment Weekly in November that he wasn’t going to take the job. So much for that. This will will no doubt complicate his relationship with Paramount, where his Bad Robot company has made Cloverfield, Super 8 & Star Trek. Abrams has been working on “Star Trek Into Darkness,” his second Star Trek film since he rebooted the franchise in 2009. “Into Darkness” is still in post-production and opens on May 18th.
He will have to jump right into the “Star Wars” franchise, which Disney has slated for a 2015 Summer release. “Little Miss Sunshine” screenwriter Michael Arndt is working on the script.