In a move that would be seen as akin to divorcing your wife to marry her father, there’s been talk of J.J. Abrams walking away from the Star Trek series in order to direct the new Star Wars film that’s heading to screens in 2015.
Well, Hollywood Life caught up with Abrams to see if there’s any truth to these rumors.
When confronted with questions on whether he would be interested in jumping ship from one franchise to the other, Abrams responded:
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that –- I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series.” He elaborated, “I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer.“
So, J.J. Abrams will not be directing a Star Wars film any time soon due to the subject matter being too close to him. I appreciate that outlook and it’s an outlook that I feel may be a common theme with would be directors in the coming months. At least that’s cleared up the Abrams rumors for now, with him joining Steven Spielberg, Zack Snyder and Quentin Tarantino in ruling themselves out of the next installment in the Star Wars franchise.