“Episode VII” quickly climbed Twitter’s list of trending topics this afternoon when news leaked that a director had been found for the upcoming seventh entry in the “Star Wars” film “trilogy.” J.J. Abrams, who was charged with rebooting the “Star Trek” film series, has reportedly signed on to direct. The universe didn’t quite explode, but the news has rocked fans of both franchises.
Just how big is this news?
— Lawrence Reynolds (@Vividfury) January 24, 2013
Biggest. News. Ever. J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII http://t.co/Wx6EL5WT
— Total Film (@totalfilm) January 24, 2013
Ignite, fandom wars will. Yeesssssss. #StarTrekWars
— Scott Stamper (@DerfelMarek) January 24, 2013
“Star Wars” fans are dreading Abram’s penchant for shaky-cam and lens flares taking their franchise to the dark side.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Flare of the Lens
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 24, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: J. J. Abrams is now slated to direct "Star Wars Episode VII: Attack Of The Lens Flares."
— Richard Burgauer (@richburgauer) January 24, 2013
Star Wars Episode VII will be shot on super-8 and feature a lot of light saber lens flares. #JJAbrams
— Harless? (@HarlesstheTwit) January 24, 2013
"and then OBI WAN APPEARS WITH LENS FLARE IN HIS EYES. Jar Jar passes him his lightsaber but MISSES BECAUSE THERE'S LENS FLARE EVERYWHERE"
— THE DUKE OF SURREY (@samwrite) January 24, 2013
— Tokyo Sexwhale (@tokyo_sexwhale) January 24, 2013
It’s not the first time fans have imagined a crossover between the two franchises, but today’s announcement has kick-started a universe of possibilities.
How do you say "Live Long & Prosper" in Wookie?
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) January 24, 2013
Beam me up Obi Wan.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 24, 2013
"Beam me up, Chewie" just isn't the same.
— leah dawn (@Leah_Dawn14) January 24, 2013
"It's as if millions of voices cried out "KHAAAAAAN!!" and then fell silent." #StarTrekWars
— Malheur Jones (@DeLasCacas) January 24, 2013
We are the Sith. You will be assimilated. We will add your midichlorians to the dark side. Resistance is futile. #startrekwars
— Derek Kessler (@derekakessler) January 24, 2013
The green "slave girl" starts Force-choking Kirk for getting handsy. #StarTrekWars
— Abel Undercity (@AbelUndercity) January 24, 2013
— Alexandre Schmitt (@zeligprod) January 24, 2013
Cleanup in Theater 7.
….and then all the nerds exploded. #starwarstrek
— R. Kris McNeely (@rkrismcneely) January 24, 2013