My two favorite entertainment writers/producers that are actithey writing at this time are Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams. My favorite Joss projects are Avengers and Firefly/Serenity. My favorite JJ projects are Star Trek, Fringe and Revolution.
But my JJ favorites may get an addition come 2015 because he just landed one of the coolest gigs in Hollywood with Star Wars Episode VII. I was fangirl giddy when he was announced. JJ is a geek, one of us, and he’s going to want to do a movie that makes the fandom proud and bring others in. I know some people disliked what he brought to Star Trek, but the biggest Trekkies I know loved it. It also made me a fan when I wasn’t before. It should be noted that my fangirlishness for Wil Wheaton was not based off his Trek work, but his blog about geeky awesome things.
I think what makes me love this decision is that JJ is a geek himself. Just like Joss who made one of the most successful movies ever with Avengers. I wasn’t surprised Joss did well because I knew he wasn’t just in it to make a movie that made money, he wanted to make the geeks pleased too. I get the same vibe off of JJ who was originally too afraid to take Star Wars because it was such a part of his youth. He wants to make the geeks happy and unhappy Star Wars fans will make their feelings heard. I was nervous about a new Star Wars movie coming out, especially as I cannot stand the animated Clone Wars stuff. But if the franchise gets to continue in cool new ways, I get to share that with my son and he gets to enjoy the awesomeness that is a brand-new movie on the big screen. May the Force be with You, JJ, the new Chosen One. I can’t wait to see what you bring us.
Anyone else out t here excited?
Very excited. He always liked Star Wars more than Trek anyways, so I think he’ll do it justice.
As you can tell, I am greatly excited. I met Stackpole, who writes some of the tie-in books a few times at a convention (even took a writing class from him, well worth it). He described that it’s such a challenge to write the books because the readers tend to be those people who have loved this series since you were a kid and if you screw it up, they will let you know. I think JJ gets that and I’m curious at to how his addition will impact the fandom.