J.J. Abrams turned down directing the new Star Wars movie

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm, there were tons of rumors about who might be directing a new Star Wars film — and one name that was brought up a lot was Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. And now, it turns out there was some truth to the rumors.

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Talking to Empire Magazine, Abrams explains:

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.

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And interestingly, he mentions that he's under contract for three Star Trek movies, meaning he might well be directing the movie after Into Darkness.

[via Comic Book Movie]

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DISCUSSION

Well considering that his Star Trek movie ripped off... sorry, paid homage, to the Star Wars films a lot... It's no wonder Abrams declined. He's already directing a Star Wars movie.

Of course, it also means we've missed the chance of Episode VII taking place in some uncharted planet somewhere with Luke/Leia/Han or their expies journeying through Inter-Galactic Purgatory while trying to figure out the significance of the number 47 to the Force.