One of the names that’s always been high on fans’ wishlist of directors to take on Star Wars Episode VII was of course J.J. Abrams…despite the fact that he’s currently heavily involved in the geek rival Star Trek universe.
Now comes word from Abrams himself that he was in fact approached about possibly directing the next Star Wars movie.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Abrams said:
“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.”
We’ve heard Abrams say he didn’t see himself directing the movie in the past, as well. Clearly, even being as familiar as he is with the pressure involved in taking the reigns of a cherished and timeless franchise, as he did with Trek, the spotlight was just too damn big, bright, and scorching hot in this case. The big difference between the two, for Abrams anyway, is that he’s been a huge Star Wars fan his whole life and not a big fan of Trek going into that job.
This only reaffirms just how massive the job will be, and just how insanely tough it will be for whoever it is that grabs that pen and signs on the line.