2:45 pm EDT, July 22, 2013

‘Star Trek’ director J.J. Abrams leaving ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’? (update)

Rumors are swirling that Star Trek Into Darkness director, J.J. Abrams, may be dropping out of Star Wars: Episode VII due to some disagreements with the studio.

Update: TheForce.net has reportedly received an official response concerning this rumor from Lucasfilm© and they have stated that the rumor is unfounded.

The official response from Lucasfilm: “There is no truth to the rumor. JJ is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”

Despite rumors continuing to crop up about J.J. Abrams and his involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII, as for now, it seems he is still officially attached to the film. The new writers who are now attached to Star Trek 3 are indeed true, so feel free to read through the article below.

Director J.J. Abrams is hotter than hot right now, nearing Joss Whedon status (almost), but he may be leaving his job as director of the next Star Wars film due to filming locations.

j j abrams leaving star wars franchiseAccording to reports, Abrams doesn’t want to be away from his family for such a long period of time, as the studio wants to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII in England.

Badass Digest reports that multiple sources confirm Abrams is quite close to quitting altogether the highly publicized Star Wars film. Studio insiders at Comic-Con reportedly supported earlier claims.

After Disney acquired Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator, George Lucas, for a cool $4 billion, they decided to move quickly and hired J.J. Abrams for the first Star Wars film produced by its new studio.

Digest has also revealed that the script for Star Trek 3 will be written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz. The duo wrote the first Thor film for Marvel and they also have writing credits which include X-Men: First Class.

We’re glad to hear that some new blood is being brought into the franchise, as some fans felt Star Trek Into Darkness felt a bit too familiar, despite it being a critical and financial success.

Despite Abrams concern about filming in England, the studio is reportedly bucking at moving the film’s location to the U.S., which is apparently a deal breaker for Abrams.

Collider reports that these rumors may become more solid if Abrams were to be missing from Germany’s Star Wars celebration, which takes place very soon, between July 26 – 28.

Fans may be curious as to whether Abrams leaving Star Wars: Episode VII could mean he’ll be coming back for Star Trek 3, but it definitely isn’t a certainty, since Abrams is Hollywood’s new wonderboy. If he becomes free of Disney’s new Star Wars film, he’ll have offers rolling in that could tie him up for years.

We’re definitely interested to find out how true these rumors are, as we think Abrams could do a great job with Star Wars, but we think it’d be much better if he stuck to Star Trek 3.

He’s done a great job with the Star Trek franchise so far, and the best outcome would be if he chose to do both films. But, there are some big question marks in both of the franchises right now, so we look forward to hearing what Abrams has to say about these rumors.

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