J.J. Abrams on "Star Wars" vs. "Star Trek": "The worlds could not be more different"

As the director shifts focus to his next sci-fi project, he admits that he was "never a 'Star Trek' fan"

Published March 25, 2013 5:06PM (EDT)

Now that legendary sci-fi director J.J. Abrams, along with stars of the franchise's original cast, has joined Disney's continuation of the "Star Wars" franchise, fans are getting hints of the direction Episode 7 is headed in. And there's more to come as Abrams, whose "Star Trek Into Darkness" comes out this spring, is shifting focus to the Disney project.

He recently told Empire that his expectations for the project are high:

"There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re [the two films] 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."

Abrams didn't offer any specific insight into the movie, but explained that he's homed in on "a hunger for what I would want to see again." "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 said.

Insatiable fans who want more "Star Wars" can revisit the films -- perhaps even by watching them all at once:

By 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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