J.J. Abrams Turned Down The Next Star Wars
It seems like J.J. Abrams would rather boldly go where no man has gone before than to a galaxy far, far away. In an interview with U.K. movie magazine Empire, the creator of Lost and director of the last and upcoming Star Trek movies, claimed that he quickly withdrew himself as a possibility to direct Star Wars VII:
“There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to ‘Star Trek’, and also just being a [‘Star Wars’] fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things.”
Ouch. Abrams hits both of the sensitive spots for fanboys, saying he couldn’t violate his primary allegiance to Star Trek... but also that no self-respecting nerd would even “be involved” with “those things.”
Disney acquired Lucasfilms, and the rights to Star Wars, at the end of October, and immediately announced plans to produce three new films.
Numerous names have been rumored to direct, but disgust with the idea of making new Star Wars films, especially under Disney, seems to be tangibly driving away top choices. Along with Abrams, Quentin Tarantino and Zack Snyder have both distanced themselves from the project; Steven Spielberg stated he would not want to work in the genre of his “best friend George [Lucas].” However, that still leaves many options, including A-listers like Guillermo Del Toro and Jon Favreau, who have been vague about their interest, to less-known filmmakers like Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) who could benefit from a big studio film and bring some credibility to the project.
Sources say Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) is confirmed to write the script. Harrison Ford is reportedly “open” to appearing, while Samuel L. Jackson has been publicly enthusiastic about reprising his role.