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Published on December 9th, 2015 | by gareth


The Nerdist Talks The Force Awakens With J.J. Abrams


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JJ Abrams on Why Ava DuVernay Should Direct STAR WARS

Written by Dan Casey


With Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in just over a week, everyone and their mother is clamoring to find out what happens in the seventh episode of the sprawling space fantasy saga. Yet others are already looking toward the future of the franchise, speculating about who else will be helming subsequent adventures to the galaxy far, far away. Historically speaking, Star Wars has been something of a boys club in terms of writers and directors, with the exception being the late Leigh Brackett, who penned an early draft of The Empire Strikes Back. At long last, it seems that the status quo is changing.

In a report from the Los Angeles Times, talent agent Adriana Alberghetti (of the William Morris Endeavor agency) was able to “[procure] meetings for four female directors and three female writers on upcoming Star Wars films.” Earlier this year, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that they wanted to bring more female directors into the fold, noting that Disney “very much support[s] the fact that we are trying to grow in the workforce the number of women in executive positions.”

We gave our own analysis of who should take the mantle in a recent episode of Nerdist News,but in order to take things one step further, we sat down with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams at a recent Los Angeles press day. When asked about specific female writers and directors he would like to see tackle Star Wars, Abrams was quick to note that there are “a number of incredible writers and directors,” as well as to applaud the work Kathleen Kennedy is doing as a producer. However, as Abrams said, his “kneejerk reaction” is none other than Selma directorAva DuVernay, a dynamic filmmaker whose name seems to be popping up every time there’s a big-budget blockbuster waiting to be made nowadays. (And rightfully so.) Abrams cited DuVernay’s passion for genre filmmaking and the deft hand she showed with bringing Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign for equal voting rights to life in the Oscar-winning film. Considering that DuVernay was recently immortalized as a now-sold-out Barbie doll that comes complete with a director’s chair, it seems fitting that she should be given a chance to tackle one of the most massive franchises in pop culture.

What kind of Star Wars story would you like to see Ava DuVernay direct? Who else would you like to see tackle the galaxy far, far away? Let us know in the comments below.


Dan Casey Bio:

Dan Casey is an author, entertainment writer, and on-camera host living in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised outside of Boston, Dan graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Japanese history before moving to Los Angeles, where he is the senior editor for Nerdist and hosts The Dan Cave, a weekly deep dive into all film, TV, and comic books. His work has also appeared on ABC News Radio, Collider Movie Talk, FOX News’ Tech Take, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, TOKYOPOP, TYT’s Nerd Alert, StarWars.com, WIRED, and more. He is also the author of 100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, and co-hosts the Today We Learned podcast on the Nerdist Podcast Network. Last, but not least, he has no sense of smell. He is still waiting on his handicapped parking sticker, to no avail.


Information on Dan’s book, 100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die:

On May 25, 1977, the world of science fiction, film, and pop culture was changed forever with the release of Star Wars. The beginning of this epic space opera franchise would inspire an expanded universe of creativity, including books, comic books, theme parks, and much more. With extensive back stories, lore, and author Dan Casey’s encyclopedic knowledge on the subject, this lively, detailed book explores the characters, storylines, and facts every true Star Wars fan should know. This guide covers the history of how a multibillion-dollar and beloved institution was born and went on to flourish. Dan Casey has collected every essential piece of Star Wars knowledge and trivia, including what infamous, cult classic TV movie introduced beloved bounty hunter Boba Fett, what Star Wars novel was released in 1976 before the first movie premiered, and what animal species is named after Darth Vader. Whether you’re a fan of the original film trilogy, an avid reader of the books, or can’t wait to see what J. J. Abrams does with the next generation of movies, 100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the perfect resource for all Star Wars fans looking to increase their knowledge of the storied franchise and look back on the most memorable moments of a galaxy far, far away.




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About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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