Star Wars Episode 7: 10 Reasons J.J. Abrams Will Ruin It

7. He's Already Said He Doesn't Want To Do It

Shortly after Episode 7 was announced, Abrams spoke to Empire magazine about his name being raised as a potential director for the film. He remarked regarding his declining the eventual offer:
€œI 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.€
So, does this 180 mean that J.J. has essentially eaten his words? He no longer has loyalty to Star Trek? One can readily assume that something in the pre-production process must have swung him considerably - perhaps Michael Arndt's in-progress script really is that good - but still, if there's something studios and fans like, it's a little consistency. Nobody wants to think that the guy helming the next Star Wars film is going to be a flake or won't be 110% invested in it; though Abrams has proven himself confident beyond his years in the director's chair, the pressure of a Star Wars film is something else entirely, as all of the world's eyes will be on him, which is more than could be said for his Star Trek reboot.
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