Joss Whedon Shares His Thoughts On STAR WARS EPISODE VII And J.J. Abrams

Revealing that he would have loved the opportunity to helm Star Wars Episode VII, the director confesses to having "a moment of rue" over the fact that he was already committed to The Avengers 2 and shares his thoughts on J.J. Abrams getting the job.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/28/2013

"There was a moment of rue that I was already committed," Joss Whedon admitted in a recent interview with Empire Online when asked how he felt about being unable to helm Star Wars Episode VII. The director is of course no stranger to the world of sci-fi and a movie such as this one seems tailor made for the man who brought us Firefly and its superb big screen follow-up, Serenity. However, Whedon was and still is already hard at work on a sequel to the biggest superhero movie of all-time, Marvel's The Avengers. "I'm not going to lie, because who didn't want to do that as a kid? But I think they got the right guy so just knowing that I'm going to enjoy the film when it comes out is great. I don't even have to do any work. Can J.J. also make Avengers...?" So, like most fans, Whedon clearly approves of the Star Trek director being the one to usher in a new wave of Star Wars movies. It is pretty interesting to wonder what a Joss Whedon helmed Star Wars and J.J. Abrams directed The Avengers 2 might look like though, wouldn't you agree?
Source: Empire Online
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DrDoom - 5/28/2013, 8:40 AM
Watch as the four people who hate Star Trek Into Darkness come in to say how terrible Abrams is
Dragonpiece - 5/28/2013, 8:42 AM
Yep, I'm sure he will get a spinoff film or something.
Isra - 5/28/2013, 8:43 AM
Hail Joss, protector of the comic book movie realm.
rocky - 5/28/2013, 8:44 AM
They're basically co-workers since they both work for Disney now

I'm sure he probably means what he says
but I wouldn't expect him to say anything else,
too much class in that ginger head
AC1 - 5/28/2013, 8:46 AM
@DrDoom four? That many?!
teinen - 5/28/2013, 8:47 AM
Darkness was good, script was a little corny and the first act was just Kirk getting demoted, reinstated, diverting the captains chair. But Abrams did a good job.
GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 8:50 AM
@DrDoom: Star Trek Into Darkness was crap...although the problem was the writing more than Abrams. Abrams did go completely crazy with the lens flares, and the whole movie felt a bit rushed, but the writing, particularly the last 4th of the film was absolute garbage.

Abrams first Star Trek and Super 8 were great. I think he is a good fit for Star Wars.
LordoftheThrones26 - 5/28/2013, 8:50 AM
Star Trek into Darkness is the BEST movie of 2013 so far! I loved it and its going to be a tough one to beat! Just keep Joss with Avengers and JJ with Star Trek and Star Wars! I cant wait for Star Trek 3 and Episode VII!
SpectacularJoShFest - 5/28/2013, 8:52 AM
NO!!! Mr Whedon...don't even suggest J.J. for The Avengers.
GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 8:52 AM
It was almost as if Abrams read the criticism of his over-use of lens flares in previous films and decided to double down, including more lens flares than in all his other films combined. It was distracting as hell.
thewonderer - 5/28/2013, 8:55 AM
Love how Godzillafart asserts his opinion like the truth.

I thought Into Darkness was a fantastic film. Brilliant until the last 10 minutes, which I agree was rushed and just strangely put together. Still, I admire them for leaving the main character out of the final action sequence.

Abrams will nail Star Wars
ParisSun - 5/28/2013, 8:56 AM
Wouldn't be surprised if Whedon got to direct Episode VIII or IX. I'm pretty sure Avengers 2 will be his last take on the series. I doubt any director would want to put so much of their life on hold while you direct two more major films which are the cornerstone for two phases.
thewonderer - 5/28/2013, 8:57 AM
From Simon Pegg, to all lens flare haters:

Probably some film student who wanted to demonstrate his or her knowledge of film terminology, thus elevating themselves to an assumed level of critical superiority, which gave them the kind of smug, knowing smile that indicates a festering sour grape, fizzing in the pit of their own ambition. It’s become a sort of communal stick to have a crack at JJ with, mostly by people who didn’t know what the f--k lens flare was, until someone started sneering the term all over their blog. It demonstrates JJ’s supreme talent as a film maker that the main means of knocking him is to magnify a throw away artistic choice, into some sort of hilarious failing. Lens flare is essentially an anomaly caused by light hitting the lens and creating refracted shapes. Because it draws attention to the fact that we are looking at a filmed event, it actually creates a subliminal sense of documentary realism and makes the moment more vital and immediate. In the same way Spielberg spattered his shots with bloody seawater in Saving Private Ryan, JJ suggests that the moment we are in is so real and alive, there just isn’t time to frame out all the light and activity. The irony is by acknowledging the film’s artifice, you are enhancing the reality of the moment. It’s clever and I love it. On set we call it ‘best in show’ and our amazing director of photography, Dan Mindel has a special technique to achieve it. To the detractors, I offer a polite f--k you and suggest you find a new stick to beat us with, if being a huge, boring neggyballs is necessary for your personal happiness.
GreenRageMonster - 5/28/2013, 9:00 AM
Yeah more than four people dis-liked Star Trek-ID; I was more disappointed than anything; I was expecting something amazing and ID came off as a good episode of one of the Star Trek TV shows; not a grandiose multi-million dollar movie.
GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 9:00 AM
@thewonderer:


:P
GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 9:06 AM
@ Simon Pegg: Or Abrams could stop using so many [frick]ing distracting lens flares. Pegg's defense is well thought out, but absolutely not accurate. It seems pretty clear that Abrams is using it to create a romantic atmosphere. If he is actually trying to "create a sense of documentary realism" he is failing horribly.
rocky - 5/28/2013, 9:08 AM
I don't take sides with the flare issue
because to be honest
I never really took notice or exception.
It's true that it wasn't til it became an internet topic
that I became aware of it but they still don't
take me out of the moment nor distract me

JohnLamb - 5/28/2013, 9:08 AM
I really thought Star Trek has more lens flares than Into Darkness. I really love what J.J. do with the lens flares.
GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 9:10 AM
*Spoilers*

And the way they completely lifted the dialogue from Wrath of Khan and swapped Kirk and Spock's roles was one of the laziest, goofiest bits of writing I've seen in a long time. As a viewer I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The story went from homage, to ripping off WOK, to absolute parody. When Spock yelled "KHHAAAAANNNN!!!!" you could see a little Fonz jumping a little shark down in the corner of the screen.
JohnLamb - 5/28/2013, 9:12 AM
So more lens flares in Star Wars J.J! Just joking but we all know that there will be lens flares in Star Wars episode 7 or maybe not.
MarvelWeiner - 5/28/2013, 9:12 AM
No to JJ directing The Avengers but yes to other choices ;p I'd be okay with someone else directing his Avengers 2 script...
krzyszsz - 5/28/2013, 9:16 AM
Hi Guys,

I know it's not the topic but I'm probably seeing Man of Steel tonight :) (some sort of pre-release screening with surveys after the movie). I'm not sure since the title of the movie was not mentioned when I signed in to participate. Anyway, if it's in fact Man of Steel I will post my thoughts later. Hope it's good.

Sorry for any mistakes/spelling etc. English is not my mother tounge.

Take care ya all.
TheClemster - 5/28/2013, 9:18 AM
@ Godzillafart

that's right mate I did jump a shark :) I also played bongos but nobody remembers that ...
TheClemster - 5/28/2013, 9:20 AM
Are you serious right now krzyszsz ???

You lucky @#$%^&

Well, enjoy mate, but please no spoilers we don't want an other Futurepast :)
ndwwrestler2 - 5/28/2013, 9:24 AM
I think Star Wars fans will be more grateful to JJ after he does Star Wars than Star Trek fans did, because after the prequels, the Star Wars fans, are going to look for anything better.

GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 9:24 AM
^^WTF?!^^
GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 9:25 AM
@Gusto: Is that real?
krzyszsz - 5/28/2013, 9:25 AM
TheClemster. Yeah, I am serious:) Of course, no spoilers. If it's Man of Steel I will share my opinion and answer your questions (I hope I will be allowed to :D)
PapaII - 5/28/2013, 9:39 AM
Super 8 was a pretentious, boring movie. A letdown IMO.
Emjeed - 5/28/2013, 9:46 AM
I can see it now. When the avengers are doing that battle stance , as the camera pans over ironman's arc reactor.. Lens flares. Pans over to Captain America's shield, lens flare, Thors hammer, lens flare , hulk roaring, lens flare behind him
The Avengers title card with lens flare. Directed by JJ Abrams
exe - 5/28/2013, 9:55 AM
Joss has talent. But he and Abrams are both overrated.
themcdougalbugle - 5/28/2013, 10:15 AM
Episode VII will suck because Kathleen Kennedy has no balls and got a safe overrated director who makes average decent mimics of better movies. Super 8 is no Close Encounters or E.T. and Star Trek 09 is no Star Wars 77
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."
— T.S. Eliot
"To win without risk is to triumph without glory."
- Pierre Corneille
"Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?"
— Jimmy Johnson Dallas Cowboys Coach
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
They should have got a bold hungry filmmaker like Jake Schreier and J.C. Chandor. We could have had a masterpiece.
ahhmynuts - 5/28/2013, 10:19 AM
Wheedon youre the one and only for the avengers, okay?
ndwwrestler2 - 5/28/2013, 10:32 AM
If Abrams made his movies back in the 80's or early 90's people would be calling his movies classics.

But we seem to live in a time, where people want to nitpick every little thing and not enjoy a movie.

@mcdougalbugle It isn't about being risky or safe, it's about the best pick.

Abrams makes action movies with great characters that respect the previous movies that came before.

If making really good movies and being really well known makes him overrated, then being overrated isn't too bad.

Would you prefer she picked someone like M.Night Shyamalan?

You know the similarities of all the people you just quoted? They never directed, produced, or wrote a blockbuster film.

Sometimes a safe pick is a good thing if you want to make a good movie.
ArtisticErotic - 5/28/2013, 10:34 AM
Abrams should direct the Green Lantern reboot with Chris Pine as Hal Jordan.

ndwwrestler2 - 5/28/2013, 11:10 AM
@ArtisitcErotic I was thinking more like Nova...but GL works too.
bagadoosh - 5/28/2013, 11:12 AM
Godzilla said it best for me :

@DrDoom: Star Trek Into Darkness was crap...although the problem was the writing more than Abrams. Abrams did go completely crazy with the lens flares, and the whole movie felt a bit rushed, but the writing, particularly the last 4th of the film was absolute garbage.

Abrams first Star Trek and Super 8 were great. I think he is a good fit for Star Wars.
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Greengo - 5/28/2013, 12:06 PM
Yup.

Star Trek 2 was motha[frick]in awesome!!!!

I watched it regular, the 3D, now I'm gonna go see IMAX 3D.

If someone didn't like it, all I can say is that reveals alot about that person.
GodzillaKart - 5/28/2013, 12:11 PM
@Greengo: Like good taste or that maybe they don't like stupid writing?
bagadoosh - 5/28/2013, 12:12 PM
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