J.J. Abrams Turned Down ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Wednesday, December 26 by

When Kathleen Kennedy took the Star Wars franchise from the slippery hands of George Lucas, she recognized that she had a lot of work to do to revitalize the series. It only makes sense to bring in a creative force with experience in breathing new life into stale properties. Enter J.J. Abrams.

Who quickly exited.

The Mission: Impossible and Star Trek resuscitator recently explained to Empire his decision to turn down the Star Wars: Episode VII directing gig.

“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.”

It was later revealed that Kennedy asked Abrams to lunch to ask if Chris Pine was dating anybody seriously. He left before coffee. (THR)

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