While Star Wars fans are mostly pleased with J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars Episode VII, where does that leave Star Trek fans?
Well, he might not be turning his back on Star Trek 3 just yet, according to a Q & A that he had recently with Playboy.
Regarding whether the new Star Wars film would prevent a return to Star Trek, Abrams said, “No. I would say it’s a possibility. We’re trying to figure out the next step. But it’s like anything: It all begins with the story.”
Playboy told Abrams, (earlier on in the interview) that the two universes needed to look different, to which Abrams responded:
As with anything, because these are very different worlds, they shouldn’t feel the same aesthetically. They can’t…But again, I don’t apply aesthetics first and fit a movie into that aesthetic. If I had come into ‘Star Trek’ with those eyes, I would probably have been paralyzed. The advantage here is that we still have George Lucas with us to go to and ask questions and get his feedback on things, which I certainly will do. With ‘Star Trek’ it was harder because I wasn’t a ‘Star Trek’ fan; I didn’t have the same emotional feeling, and I didn’t have Gene Roddenberry to go to. But I came to understand the world of ‘Star Trek’, and I appreciated what fans felt and believed about this universe and this franchise.
Abrams is a good pick to direct this movie. He made a Star Trek movie that was pleasing to non-Star Trek fans and he has stated before that growing up, he was a Star Wars fan.
I can only imagine how great his Star Wars vision could be.
You could do a lot worse than Abrams. A lot worse.