JJ Abrams 'To Direct New Star Wars Movie'
Star Trek director reportedly jumping ship to helm Star Wars Episode Seven...
The creator of long-running TV drama Lost, who has gone on to a successful career directing movies such as Cloverfield and sci-fi reboot Star Trek, is claimed by several sources to have agreed terms with Lucasfilm.
The news was broken by The Wrap, and confirmed by Deadline - which quoted an insider as saying: "It’s a done deal with JJ."
The filmmaker had previously ruled himself out of contention - citing the clash with the Star Trek franchise which he has been helming.
But it seems he had a change of heart - and it is also reported that he won out over Argo director Ben Affleck for the coveted job.
Disney bought Lucasfilm in a big-money deal last year, and Star Wars fans have been largely positive about the news that original director George Lucas will be taking a back seat for the planned new movies.