J.J. Abrams NOT Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
Published by Seth Quillen in: Film -- Date: 26 Dec 2012 Comments: 0
While the newly commisioned Star Wars films are being fast tracked there seems to be some delay on nailing down a director. In an interview with empire Magazine J.J. Abrams explained why he won’t be directing the next Star Wars chapter.
“I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead! I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It’s in great hands.”
He added that “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.” (Source: Empire via comingsoon.net)
Before Abrams directed Star Trek this would have been sad news. But having the same man helm the two greatest sci-fi entities would have be a bad choice. The two properteries need to stand as far away from each other as possible to keep their originality. If Abrams directed Star Wars, I fear that one franchise would bleed over to the other.