JJ Abrams has revealed that he turned down the chance to direct the next Star Wars movie.
The writer-director-producer told Empire magazine that while he met with new series producer Kathleen Kennedy about involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII, he decided against getting onboard.
“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,” he said. “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 has said that while he grew up a major Star Wars fan, he was not particularly in love with Star Trek, which made it easier to reboot the saga.
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