Look which director was already offered (and turned down) Star Wars 7

Contributed by
Dec 17, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

We've already heard from a ton of directors about whether they'd be interested in tackling Star Wars VII, but it seems at least one of the biggest names out there was already approached—and officially turned down the job.

Who is the mystery man? None other that J.J. Abrams, known for everything from Lost to the hit Star Trek reboot, who revealed in a recent interview that the folks at Lucasfilm actually reached out to him early in the process. We already knew he wasn't very interested in the project, but this is the first confirmation that the job was actually on the table.

He told Empire he would rather catch the sequel in theaters as a fan and feels it would get in the way of his long-term commitment to Trek:

"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. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.

I'm committed to three [Star Trek films]. That's the contract I signed. And as far as I know, everyone else is in the same situation. 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's not much of a surprise to hear that Abrams is locked in for a Trek trilogy, and it would be pretty tough to juggle the two biggest sci-fi franchises out there. Awesome, but tough.

More than anything, it's interesting to hear that Lucas and company reached out early on to test the interest of at least one of the biggest directors on the market, and we're definitely curious to know who else was on that initial short list.

So who do you think will actually end up directing this thing?


Make Your Inbox Important

Like Comic-Con. Except every week in your inbox.

Sign-up breaker