The internet is abuzz with the possible news that J.J. Abrams will be directing the newly announced Star Wars Episode VII. Ever since the announcement that Disney had acquired LucasFilm Limited, a parade of potential contenders have surfaced among fansites: Matthew Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Neill Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuarón, Darren Aronofsky, Joss Whedon, Jon Favreau, Joseph Kosinski, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, Brad Bird and Rian Johnson. Out of that list, there are some who are better candidates than others – and Abrams is in the top tier, and appears to be the one.
Consider his resume: He’s managed several highly successful television shows: LOST, Alias, Fringe, and Felicity (the first two of which belonged to ABC, which is in turn owned by Disney), and a number of highly successful films: Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and Star Trek (with the second Star Trek: Into Darkness, coming out this year). His name is invariably attached to a huge list of other projects at any given time.
Last night, NBC premiered an extended preview of J.J. Abrams’ new post-apocalyptic series premiering this Fall. Revolution is set in a near-future world 15 years after the world loses power.
Check it out after the jump and tell us what you think…
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BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Strange, unexplained events occur in a small Ohio town after a group of teenage aspiring filmmakers witnesses, an inadvertently records, a train crash that might not have been an accident.
PROS: Outstanding young cast, particularly Elle Fanning, aided by Abrams’s fine direction; good use of suspense; strong script populated with interesting characters that almost never slides into melodrama or postmodern irony; a creature that’s genuinely creepy; truly captures the period.
CONS: Excellent pastiche of some of the best Spielberg hampered by a last minute from the very worst; science fictional elements don’t hang together; occasional plotting and elements that might appear silly to modern audiences.