There might be a galactic rivalry between two banner groups of Sci-fi titles: “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” Though it is not a rivalry in enmity, it seems to be one in friendly competition.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, the architect for the new series of “Trek” movies, J.J. Abrams, gave his thoughts on both franchises. “There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on,” says Abrams. “I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”
Abrams himself did add playful fuel to the fire saying: “I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I’m not thinking that far ahead.” Maybe believing that a future installment for his “Star Trek” series could go up against the beginnings of the inevitable blockbuster which will be the continuation of Star Wars. The producer was quite cordial to the other franchise, though: “I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It’s in great hands.”
Empire Magazine also got a quote from Chris Pine concerning whether his work would include George Lucas’ masterwork. Though he has signed onto the Trek franchise he adds: “But there’s obviously room for both Star Trek and Star Wars. We both have plenty of things to offer sci-fi. But I’m not saying any more that that! There are more than enough Star Wars stories around at the moment!”
It seems both sides are content at the moment where they stand. It would seem though; having any Enterprise members aboard the Star Wars franchise would be too close for comfort. “Star Wars VII” might be still in the works, but “Star Trek Into Darkness” will zoom into theaters May 2013.