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There are few sagas that can rival that of the original 'Star Wars.' However, one that represents a strong contender, at least in terms of ongoing length, is the saga of Disney/Lucasfilm's search for a director for their next 'Star Wars' movie. We still have no idea who will be helming 'Episode VII,' mostly because all we seem to get wind of is who isn't helming. To run down the entire list of those confirmed out of the running for the 'Episode VII' gig would take all day, but some of the more notables include Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, and even Steven Spielberg. Oh, and let us not forget J.J. Abrams. In a recent interview, Abrams revealed precisely what it was that convinced him to pass up the opportunity...
"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."
I have a lot of respect for Abrams, I think he's a fantastic filmmaker and a true geek just like us. It's rare that you see this kind loyalty and devotion from anyone in Hollywood, and you have to admire that. And I totally understand how his passion for 'Star Wars' would lead him to want to see the new films firsthand just as we will. That all being said, I am disappointed by his decision. I know he's not the only director out there suited to this task, but I would kill to see what a J.J. Abrams 'Star Wars' would look like. Many people seem to take issue with the visual signature of Abrams' 'Star Trek,' namely the lens flares, but I love the aesthetic choices he made to give that universe a sleek, hyper-futuristic appearance. Not only that, but he proved with 'Star Trek' that revamping franchises is well within his wheelhouse. I'm confident he could've artfully walked the line between respectful adherence to canon and bold franchise innovation. Too bad.
What do you guys think? Is Abrams' loyalty-based decision to turn down 'Star Wars' admirable or foolhardy? Would you have been interested to see a J.J. Abrams 'Star Wars?'