J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII for Walt Disney Pictures & Lucasfilm. TheWrap report that Ben Affleck was also in contention to direct the next installment in the franchise. Abrams commented last year on the possibility of him directing "Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!" Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters in 2015. Michael Arndt is on script script duty. Disney & Lucasfilm are planning a new trilogy.