J.J. Abrams Comments on Turning Down Director’s Chair for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

     December 26, 2012


When it was announced earlier this year that Disney would be purchasing Lucasfilm and churning out a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, thoughts quickly turned to who would be worthy of the director’s chair. Tops on many lists was J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), who promptly squashed any rumors by taking himself out of the running. Recently, Abrams further commented on refusing the position to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, saying he’s a fan of Star Wars and would rather be a viewer in the audience than a force behind the camera. Hit the jump for his comments.

jj-abrams-imageIn a recent interview with Empire, Abrams commented on the upcoming Star Wars film as follows:

“I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead! I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It’s in great hands…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.”

That quote is in line with his earlier comments that firmly place Abrams as a fan of Star Wars who just wants to enjoy the new films:

“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. 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 then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

Be sure to catch up on all of our previous and ongoing coverage of Star Wars here.


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  • Bryce Forestieri

    relieved this HACK and his sidekick POSER Lidelof aren’t nowhere near this project!!!!

    • T2

      Sorry, but this HACK and his sidekick have made, and wrote, some great and entertaining movies! This is why, YOU, don’t make or write any movies, or critique proffessionaly……thank God for that!!!!

    • Scullibundo

      Seriously! Piss of, Abams! You may have made the best Star Wars film since ESB with Trek 09, but the last thing we want is a good Star Wars movie. Give us the B-movie skill set of guys like Matthew Vaughn instead. Screw your exciting and emotionally resonant popcorn films!

      • Anonymous

        You are an idiot….why wouldn’t we want a good Star Wars film. You can’t be a real fan because that was literally one of the dumbest things to suggest. We need people like David Fincher, Sam Mendes, The Cohen Brothers or Katharyn Bigelow and possibly Darren Aronofsky to be at the helm. Directors who make quality films.

      • Carl

        Mr.Anonymous, he was joking, obviously…

      • bubba

        Anon – I hope we get a quality director but its likely they will give the new SW films to some unknown director with a history of directing music videos and commercials and a script written by a league of corporate suits.

    • MJ

      This hack and his sidekick have made hundreds of millions of dollars…. and what have you done?

      I thought so.

    • Cock face

      COck face want to fuck your ass!!!

  • Lance

    J.J. is ambitious and whether you think his stuff completely succeeds or not, he’s at least trying to reach beyond hackneyed Hollywood formulas.

  • Garfunkle

    Nolan Should Direct right? Right nerds? In Nolan you trust right?

    • Anonymous

      You do realize that “nerds” make everything right? Your comment is invalid.

    • Truthsayer

      Nolan can only do gritty realism and by TDKR that novelty really wore off. Man of Steel looks good though, although so did the trailer of Superman Returns.

  • Anonymous

    Such a dumb idea to approach JJ Abrams since he’s already doing Star Trek. Why would they possibly think he would do it. They should give it to someone less established and let that director prove themselves out of it. There is a potential to make whoever directs a household name.

    • Strong Enough

      that is the dumbest idea. you want to give Star Wars franchise to a newly minted director and let him prove himself on that? Why the f*ck would anyone give probably a 200 plus million dollar flick and probably the greatest franchise in the history of cinema to a no name? that’s like giving a permit driver the keys to a lamborghini and telling him “Hey just don’t fuck it up”.


      • Anonymous

        Not an entirely new director. Somebody like Matthew Vaughn would be perfect. Somebody who has done a few things but isn’t hugely known yet. I just don’t want them to give it to a big name or even a moderately known name. I want someone to be new and bring a fresh perspective to the franchise.

      • James

        I completely agree with “Anonymous”. Give it to someone who’s done a few things but isn’t a huge name! You don’t buy that? Look at the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Before that, Peter Jackson wasn’t even close to being a “big” name. Yes, he was established, but not big. And he was able to make, arguably, the greatest trilogy of all time.

      • Steve

        The director should be someone who knows how to tell a good story and can work with visuals. Someone with a great imagination. But story should come first. There is no reason an established director can’t deliver something like that. There’s also no reason a younger director couldn’t, but at least with an established director, there is a track record. Vision and talent should come first rather than simply name recognition or a cheaper price tag.

      • Sean

        I’m not saying they should go with an unknown director or fresh new talent, but every great talent starts somewhere. Steven Spielberg wasn’t even 30 when he directed Jaws and has a thin resume. Lucas had only made a very low budget sci-fi film and film about the 50′s when he wrote and directed Star Wars. There was no reason to think they would be two of the most influential forces in modern movie history.

        …then again studios have given fresh and young directors great opportunities and they’ve ruined films as well.

  • Agent777

    They should get Lawrence Kasdan to do one again.

    • Truthsayer

      …………………………. They are. Where have you been??

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  • tarek

    anyway, Lucas has botched the saga at a point that even shyamalan can deliver a good reboot.

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  • The Flobbit

    In retrospect, this guy lied to our faces and we drank it up.

  • The Flobbit

    At this point I’d be surprised if Shyamalan could do a good anything…