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J.J. Abrams talks ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: ‘More questions than answers right now’

By Daniel S Levine,

J.J. Abrams is going to be talking about Star Wars as often as Star Trek in the coming weeks while he promotes Star Trek Into Darkness. In one of his first interviews since taking the Star Wars: Episode VII directing gig, he talks about why he turned it down at first and admits that there are still way too many mysteries to solve.

Abrams told Empire Magazine that the project is in the very early stages. “There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, [Star Wars and Star Trek are] not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that,” he explained.

The director noted that he is approaching Star Wars like he approached Star Trek, but there’s one big difference. Abrams has always been a Star Wars fan. “ I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project,” he said. “The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”

He also touched on how he ended up taking the job, even after turning it down. As Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy said, she eventually got him to take it.

“My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it,” Abrams said. “But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation. I went down to tell Katie, my wife, and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning.”

Abrams adds that he has the full support of Steven Spielberg, who produced his Super 8. “It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.”

Episode VII is due out in 2015, although Abrams and Kennedy aren’t planning on rushing the project. Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters on May 17.

 
 

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