J.J. Abrams Turned Down ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ “Very Early On”

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And the rumors continue to swirl..

How about J.J. Abrams for the Star Wars reboot? The writer-director-producer is no stranger to space travel, calling the shots for the new Star Trek franchise. It was reported that Abrams’ loyalty to Trek was the reason behind any disinterest in taking the reins for Star Wars, but it seems that’s not entirely true. Perhaps that was something that trickled out from the Paramount lot — a response to the continuous competition with 20th Century Fox.

Regardless of the “he capably could” factor, Abrams recently stated, “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.” In other words, he’s too big of a fan to spoil the magic. Much obliged, Mr. Abrams. It’s refreshing to hear that from a director who has pretty much been tagged the next Steven Spielberg.

The Star Wars nerd in all of us is anxiously awaiting the final decision of Mickey Mouse: who will direct Episode VII? It’s easily stated that we’ve been waiting for this moment since we sat down to the colossal disappointment of Episode I in 1999.

A lot of “director” names have been tossed around since the Disney acquisition of Star Wars was announced. Personally, I’d love to see Christopher Nolan in the mix. The Dark Knight Rises was a disappointment for some, yet even within arguable story issues, the mastery of the cinematic language was never missing in the least. It has remained consistently impressive in all of Nolan’s collaborations with Wally Pfister. If you’ve yet to see The Prestige (one of the most underrated films of the last 25 years), have a look and imagine how that sort of tone might translate to the Star Wars universe.

Who would you like to see in the director’s chair on Star Wars: Episode VII?

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