Executive Producer J.J. Abrams speaks onstage at the 'Revolution' panel session during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 3 at the Langham Hotel on January 6, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
UNDATED (CBS) -- Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has reportedly been asked to direct the upcoming "Star Wars" film, in the first installment since Disney purchased the megahit franchise from Lucasfilm late last year.
The news first broke in "The Wrap," an entertainment industry blog, although Disney has not yet confirmed the reports.
Abrams is a highly successful film director, with "Mission: Impossible III," "Star Trek" and "Super 8" among his credits, and he has also created the television programs "Lost" and "Alias."
Walt Disney Co. agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm and its "Star Wars" franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock in October. Disney plans to release at least three more films sci-fi saga that ranks among the biggest movie franchises of all time. The last "Star Wars" picture was "Revenge of the Sith" in 2005.
The next "Star Wars" movie installment will be Episode 7 in the series.