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TK-421 Why Aren't You At Your Post?

Who’ll Direct Star Wars: Episode VII? Not J.J. Abrams. Because He Turned It Down.

We might have had the same guy directing Star Trek and Star Wars. Let that sink in for a moment. My inner 13-year-old, who loved Wars and hated Trek with a fiery passion symptomatic of not having seen the reboot, is twitching up a storm right now.

In an interview with Empire, Star Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams explained:

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.

Fair enough. Abrams also explained he’s under contract for one more Star Trek film (“and as far as I know, everyone else is in the same situation”), and I don’t even want to think about how busy he’d be if he were involved in Trek and Wars at the same time. He might get all twitterpated and start putting lens flares in Episode VII.

“There’s obviously room for both Star Trek and Star Wars. We both have plenty of things to offer sci-fi… I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead,” added the director.

Let’s step into an alternate universe for a second where Abrams is directing both Trek and Wars. Is your reaction more of a Scotty or a Vader?

(via: i09)

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  • Anonymous

    As a huge fan of both pre-JJ Trek and his current remake film series, I’m really pleased to hear he turned this down, especially considering he’s said many times that Star Wars was his main thing as a kid. If he had accepted the Episode VII job, it would have made Star Trek look like a stepping stone.

  • Anders Vesterberg

    he turned it down? gee the person that made star trek into star wars trek is going to continue ruin star trek rather then go and direct his favorite star wars? figures.

  • Captain ZADL

    I hated the NuSTrek reboot with a fire that pales the sun. And I wanted to like it, I really did. I tried to like it. But I hated it. I honestly think though, that the things I hated about his take on Star Trek would have worked for Star Wars. So…. yeah.

  • Meghan Chalmers-Mcdonald

    I’m not at all surprised. He’s treating Star Trek like its Star Wars, so its not like Star Wars would be at all hurt or changed like Star Trek has been. It would have been a much better match for J.J. to Direct Star Wars than Trek in the first place.

  • Mitch

    Of course he turned it down. He’s far too busy dropping a giant, steaming deuce all over the soul of the franchise he hates to bother playing with the one he actually enjoys.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, thank the Great Spaghetti Monster. No need to have that hack ruin two franchises.