Uber-director J.J. Abrams has been a lifelong fan of Star Wars, and not surprisingly jumped at the chance to direct the latest sequel in the sci-fi franchise. So what does he have to say to Star Trek fans feeling a little jilted?
An admitted non-Trekkie, Abrams directed the past two Star Trek films that served the purpose of attracting solid box-office numbers and creating some newfound general box-office buzz for the Enterprise crew. It’s been reported Abrams is unlikely to return to direct part three due to Star Wars Episode VII, though he will stay on as a producer.
With the geek god now off to helm the latest Star Wars film, Abrams has a message for Trek fans — it’s “crazy” to think he jumped ship because he’s a bigger Star Wars fan.
Here’s what he told PBS:
“That’s crazy. I would say this: as someone who has become a late in life Trekkie, I really think there’s room for both these things. It’s funny because Star Trek in some ways informs Star Wars. We did Star Trek…my love of Star Wars, the energy of it and sort of the comedy and rhythm of it I think affected Star Trek. There such different worlds though. The stories, the characters, the universes. One is sort of our future, much more science based in theory. Star Wars is like a fairy tale that happens to take place in space. They’re very different beasts.”
Looking back at the action and plots of Abrams’ two Trek films, it’s easy to see the swashbuckling Star Wars attitude seeping through the margins, and it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the Skywalker clan. Check out Abrams' full interview below and let us know what you think of the state of affairs: