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Well, here's another one to put on the list of filmmakers who won't be directing the new "Star Wars" movie.
J.J. Abrams would've been swell choice and all, but the "Star Trek" director has officially announced that he has turned down the opportunity to call the shots on "Episode VII," according to Heat Vision.
"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," Abrams said in an interview with Empire. "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."
When someone uses words like "minutiae," you know they're serious.
We love "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible III" and "Super 8" and all that, but we can do without a J.J. Abrams-helmed "Star Wars" movie just fine. He's got plenty to keep him busy already and doesn't need yet another super-franchise on his hands. Honestly, we have a feeling Disney and Lucasfilm are going to go the "Amazing Spider-Man" route and hire some indie romantic comedy director ... "Star Wars" execs might indeed be lurking about at the Sundance Film Festival next month, on the lookout for some hot new talent.
"Star Wars: Episode VI" will be released in 2015 (we're assuming over Memorial Day weekend). Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" will hit theaters on stardate May 17, 2013.