JJ Abrams On Star Wars: “I Was Never A Star Trek Fan”
Director JJ Abrams recently offered his first thoughts on the huge undertaking of Star Wars: Episode VII. Speaking to Empire magazine, the man who has already helmed two Star Trek features (including the upcoming Into Darkness) says that approaching a galaxy far, far away could be harder, because he was objective about Star Trek:
Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.
As for any hints on where things are going, Abrams is his characteristic evasive self, saying “[t]here are infinitely more questions than answers right now.”
Finally, Abrams revealed that Steven Spielberg himself gave approval to the project, encouraging Abrams to take the gig. Spielberg is not only close friends with Star Wars creator George Lucas, but is an idol and mentor to Abrams: a teen Abrams once remastered home movies for Spielberg. The legendary director would later produce Abrams’ Super 8, which contains several allusions to Spielberg films.