Empire recently sat down with director J.J. Abrams and asked him why he turned down Disney's offer to helm Star Wars Episode VII. The director, who will be releasing Star Trek Into Darkness later next year couldn't be convinced...
There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan (of Star Wars), 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.
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