J.J. Abrams Would Rather Watch Instead of Directing Star Wars: Episode 7


J.J. Abrams and Chris Pine on the set of Star Trek (2009) Movie Image

Speaking of J.J. Abrams of “Star Trek Into Darkness” fame, what were the chances that he might add another “Star” franchise to his already impressive list of credits? Turns out, he had that chance, but decided against it because of his “love” for George Lucas’ war in the stars. Or star wars, if you will.

Talking to Empire, Abrams confirmed that he was indeed in “very early conversations” with the franchise’s producer Kathleen Kennedy about possibly boarding the series with Disney’s 2015-set “Episode 7″, but decided against it:

There were the very early conversations, and I quickly said that, because of my loyalty to Star Trek and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.

Abrams has said previously that he was always more partial to “Star Wars” than “Star Trek” growing up, which made rebooting “Trek” an easier task for him. (I wonder if that explains why the Enterprise’s Engineering section looks more like some dressed up factory making soft drinks…)

Too bad Abrams decided to skip on “Episode 7″. I think he might have done a pretty bang-up job. In terms of technobabble, “Star Wars” would certainly allow him to do more wacky things with the action sequences, things that he wouldn’t get guff for if he tried/did do on “Trek”.

And in case you missed it, here are two new pics from Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness”, scheduled for Summer next year:

Benedict Cumberbath and Chris Pine in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Movie Image

Zachary Quinto in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Movie Image

Via : THR

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Having one director helm two films of one of the greatest fandom rivalries, that one would’ve gone down well with the fans. Peace, goodwill and loving kindness to all man kind or something like that.

  • Cee Jay

    He already made a Star Wars film, it was called Star Trek 2009

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      LMAO!!! Stop hating, ST reboot wasn’t bad at all. And yes it was tonally different than what had come before but that is the point of a reboot, to get the same characters in all new settings and situations without having the conti uity or baggage of the previous works. Thats said Abrams wouldn’t be right for Star Wars in my opinion.