In news that should surprise absolutely no one, director J.J. Abrams (“Super 8,” “Star Trek”) has declined to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
Abrams told Empire Magazine that he had brief conversations with producer Kathleen Kennedy about the project–remember, Disney bought LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in late October–that never really went anywhere. Movieline has a nice summation of the whole affair.
“…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.”
Translation: Why would I kill off my own line of blockbuster sci-fi movies? What benefit is there to me taking over a beloved, practically historic, franchise when everyone is comparing me to a young Steven Spielberg? Why don’t you ask me to make a sequel to “Citizen Kane” while we’re at it?
You get the idea.
Apparently, a lot of directors feel the same way. Spielberg and Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”) have also passed on bringing Michael Arndt’s script to life. Every story is about who isn’t directing “Episode VII,” so don’t be surprised to see this headline in the near future: “Estate of Alfred Hitchcock: If alive, director wouldn’t touch new ‘Star Wars.'”
Or how about this one: “Film school grad would rather keep temp job than helm new ‘Star Wars.'”