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As well-known Oscar winning directors continue to drop out of the running for the Star Wars 7 directing position, JJ Abrams has also withdrawn himself from the pool of eligible directors.
According to an interview with Hollywood Life Abrams is indeed a Star Wars fan, but his work with Star Trek has put him in an unsuitable position to direct both.
"Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” Abrams said. “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
Actor/director Jon Favreau, who worked with George Lucas when directing the Iron Man films (ILM was contracted for the special effects. The company is owned by Lucas.) had this to say about the new Star Wars.
"I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional," Favreau said. "I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.”
This excitement held by Favreau in addition to his work experience with Lucas may, in fact, place him as a front runner to direct the film trilogy.
“The idea of another trilogy that further shrouds the Force in mystery as its secrets are lost to time – that’s extremely compelling,” Favreau said. “I want so bad for it to be good. Can you imagine," He said to Entertainment Weekly
Well Mr. Favreau, if you want something done right, why not do it yourself?