So far, J.J. Abrams has been relatively quiet about his plans for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, but that's looking like it's finally starting to change. In a new interview with Empire Online, Abrams disclosed some of his thoughts about the project, including how he was always more of a Star Wars fan than a Trekkie. In his own words:
"I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re 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.'
How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. 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. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share."
Sounds good! As for what persuaded him to take on the high-profile project after actually turning it down once, Abrams said that it was a conversation with film producer Kathy Kennedy that changed his mind. "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. 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," he said. "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."
Additionally, Steven Spielberg encouraged him to take the job: "I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on."
[via Empire Online]