Last week, nerd worlds collided when Lucasfilm’s new corporate owners at Disney announced that the next ‘Star Wars’ movie will be directed by J.J. Abrams, the man currently holding the reins of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise for Paramount. Is this a great idea, or a terrible one? Vote in our poll.
Abrams’ ‘Star Trek‘ reboot was an enormous hit that breathed some much-needed life into a stagnating franchise, and proved broadly popular with both general audiences and many existing fans. Its upcoming sequel is one of this year’s most highly anticipated summer tentpole pictures. Yet it wasn’t universally beloved. A contingent of die-hard Trekkies (and no, I will not call them “Trekkers”) were unhappy with the way that the director tampered with forty years of franchise continuity. For myself, although I found the movie greatly entertaining, I was a little disappointed in the way that it focused exclusively on superficial action and spectacle without any of the big philosophical ideas that series creator Gene Roddenberry originally tried to infuse into ‘Star Trek’.
To be fair to Abrams, the director has freely admitted that he grew up more of a ‘Star Wars’ fan than a ‘Star Trek’ fan. He may be even better suited to taking over ‘Star Wars’ than he was ‘Trek’. And quite frankly, ‘Star Wars’ has never been a particularly deep or intellectual series. If Abrams can bring the same sense of fun and adventure, as well as the same attention to character, that worked so well in his ‘Star Trek’ movie to ‘Star Wars’, he could be greatly successful.
Even so, I feel a little uneasy about letting one man control both the ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ franchises. Something about that notion rubs me the wrong way.
What are your thoughts on this?
Here’s a bonus poll while we’re at it. Cast your vote in the eternal nerd debate: Which franchise do you like better?
In related news, after the box office disappointment of last year’s ‘The Phantom Menace – 3D’, Disney also announced that plans for future 3D conversions of the remaining ‘Star Wars’ movies have been put on indefinite hold.