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JJ Abrams confirms he had talks to direct Star Wars: Episode VII but passed, has a contract for Star Trek 3

12.26.2012
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While it was already known that JJ Abrams would not be directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, this is the first we are hearing that Abrams actually had discussions with LucasFilm's Kathleen Kennedy about helming the new STAR WARS film.

Abrams told Empire 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."

Abrams had previously made it known that he was not a STAR TREK fan growing up which made it easier to rewrite the rules of Gene Roddenberry's universe. I do not fault him for passing on STAR WARS at all. I think he would have done a good job, but whoever gets the EPISODE VII gig is going to have a thankless job. With the backlash against the prequel films, no director is going to get a free pass on a sequel to the original trilogy. Much like Bryan Singer with SUPERMAN RETURNS, whoever takes EPISODE VII cannot copy what Lucas did but has to stay loyal to the dynamic of the existing films. Once this sequel trilogy is complete, directors can try something unique and fresh with the STAR WARS universe. But the next three must be perfect.

Abrams also revealed that after STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, he is under contract for one more movie. So, maybe he will get to complete an epic space trilogy after all.

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Extra Tidbit: Anyone up for a STAR TREK/STAR WARS crossover movie?

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12:47PM on 12/26/2012

I'm actually glad

I like JJ, I like his movies, but he lacks that certain something. His movies and style are a tad too pedestrian for Star Wars.
I like JJ, I like his movies, but he lacks that certain something. His movies and style are a tad too pedestrian for Star Wars.
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2:08PM on 12/26/2012
Christopher Nolan is the perfect choice.
Christopher Nolan is the perfect choice.
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3:55PM on 12/26/2012

"...But the next three must be perfect."

Um, no...really...they don't. And *THAT* is exactly the same sort of expectations many fanboys (me, included) decided put on Eps. I-III so early on that it was impossible for the films to surpass them. Now please do not take this a personal attack, Mr. Maidy...all i'm trying to say is Star Wars can be so much to so many. 1 awesome [link] choice in "Empire" may have bored a fan of "Phantom"...or space battles & lightsaber duels could seem a distant 2nd to the machiavellian machinations of a
Um, no...really...they don't. And *THAT* is exactly the same sort of expectations many fanboys (me, included) decided put on Eps. I-III so early on that it was impossible for the films to surpass them. Now please do not take this a personal attack, Mr. Maidy...all i'm trying to say is Star Wars can be so much to so many. 1 awesome [link] choice in "Empire" may have bored a fan of "Phantom"...or space battles & lightsaber duels could seem a distant 2nd to the machiavellian machinations of a galactic political system to another. Given the right director, writer, cast & *realistic fan expectations*.... Episodes VII-IX could very well include same type of childhood wonder we all felt during IV-VI. Ok, barring anyone dying because they "lost the will to live"...i'm willing to forgive the appearance of a plothole or two.
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4:33PM on 12/26/2012
Totally agree. Whatever director gets stuck with this huge whale of a franchise will be mercilessly crucified until the movie comes out and then it better be a hit beyond all others. Star Trek was never mainstream and its persecuted frequently, just wait till we start getting names attached to Ep 7 the hate will be ridiculous. Nothing short of Peter Jackson homerun out of the park total suprise, a la LOTR, will satisfy the Star Wars crowd.
Totally agree. Whatever director gets stuck with this huge whale of a franchise will be mercilessly crucified until the movie comes out and then it better be a hit beyond all others. Star Trek was never mainstream and its persecuted frequently, just wait till we start getting names attached to Ep 7 the hate will be ridiculous. Nothing short of Peter Jackson homerun out of the park total suprise, a la LOTR, will satisfy the Star Wars crowd.
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