J.J. Abrams has once again stated that he will not directing "Star Wars: Episode VII," despite having a conversation with Kathleen Kennedy about the job early on.
Earlier this year when the world exploded with "Star Wars" news, people were quick to look to Abrams as a possible directorial candidate. A known fan, Abrams had the chops and the geek cred to pull it off, but he wasn't interested.
He had previously told HollywoodLife that he was too much of a fan to get involved with the new project.
But now, speaking with Empire, Abrams clarifies what happened early on.
According to the "Star Trek" director, there was an early conversation, but it never went past that because of his loyalty to both sci-fi franchises.
"I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I'm not thinking that far ahead! I'm a huge fan of' 'Star Wars,' 'Empire' and 'Jedi,' and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing," Abram said.
"Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It's in great hands. 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."
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