26 January 2013 8:38 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

J.J. Abrams is known for his cloak-and-dagger method of hyping upcoming projects, so it’s fitting that reports about him directing Star Wars: Episode VII arrived just a couple months after he announced in public that “I declined any involvement very early on” with the new installment in George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise. That is, he chose his words carefully, when it came to “denying” that he’s coming aboard.

Newly-appointed Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has released a statement, confirming that the man who (successfully) rebooted Star Trek is breathing new life into Star Wars by directing the seventh installment. Meanwhile, Paramount has offered assurances that Abrams will continue to collaborate behind the scenes on its franchises like Mission: Impossible and a followup to this summer’s Trek reboot sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.

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