JJ Abrams Confirms He Will Not Direct Star Trek 3
Fans were torn when they learned that JJ Abrams would be helming the upcoming seventh film in the Star Wars franchise. On one hand, the director would be taking control of one of the biggest, most successful film franchises ever; which is awesome. On the other hand, what would happen with the Star Trek franchise that he successfully rebooted in 2009? He brought that property back to the forefront and made it relevent once again. Ever since this announcement, rumors have been rampant about how Abrams would be involved in the planned third film in the Star Trek franchise, whether it be as a producer or as a director, but everyone has been silent.
Today, however, Abrams himself has broken the news, via Collider, that he would indeed be stepping away to focus on the Star Wars film. He won’t be leaving it behind completely, as he will remain as a producer. Here’s what Abrams had to say:
It’s a little bittersweet. But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is.
The secretive director goes on to say that he is helping Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci with the creative process that is currently under way. It’s a bit sad to see him step away, but it’s also understandable that he move his focus to something new and he will certainly have a project to hold his attention for some time in the Episode VII of Star Wars. No word on who will be taking the reigns on the project as of yet, but could I suggest Brad Bird?Be sure to check out the rest of the interview, which also has some comments from Simon Pegg.
Some other news regarding STtr Trek and JJ Abrams is that he hated the most recente Star Trek video game, go so far as to say that it actually hurt his film. The game was criticized by just about everyone and proved to be a bit of a failure, so Abrams is a bit justified in his comments.
“To me the video game could have been something that actually really benefited the series and was an exciting, fun game with great gameplay and instead it was not and was something that I think, for me, emotionally it hurt, because we were working our asses off making the movie and then this game came out and it got, this isn’t even my opinion, it got universally panned and I think that it was something without question that didn’t help the movie and arguably hurt it.”
It’s arguably a bit of a stretch to connect the game to the film, as there are a lot more people who saw the film than played the game. Either way, the film went on to become a success, with or without the help of the game.
Source : Collider