Who’ll Direct Star Wars: Episode VII? Not J.J. Abrams. Because He Turned It Down.
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:00 am, December 26th, 2012
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.