J.J. Abrams will not direct “Star Wars VII”

The legendary sci-fi director and producer admits that he's too much of a fan to be involved

Topics: j.j. abrams, science-fiction, Movies, Film, Star Wars, Star Trek,

Ever since Disney announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm and plans for “Star Wars: Episode 7,” rumors have been flying about who will be involved in the project. Legendary science fiction director/producer/writer J.J. Abrams, who directed 2009 and 2013′s “Star Trek” films, has announced that he will not be in the running, it seems. He recently told told Empire Magazine:

“There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to ‘Star Trek’, and also just being a [‘Star Wars’] fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things.”

Abrams is sticking to the “Star Trek” franchise, it seems – Vulture reports that he’s committed to another “Star Trek” movie after the upcoming 2013 film.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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