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.”