J.J. Abrams is a busy guy—when he’s not taking the Star Trek original series franchise and rebooting it into a shiny, depth-less cartoon with Star Trek and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, he’s taking of the reigns of the Star Wars franchise, seeing as he has been tapped to helm Star Wars Episode VII. So, will he have time to return for the inevitable third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise? Will he allow Star Wars creator George Lucas any input on his vision of the series? Playboy (via /Film) managed to suss out a few semi-answers in a recent interview.
First, when it comes to Star Trek 3, Abrams was asked if he would return to direct, and gave a typical Abrams non-answer:
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.
Which is likely politically-correct-speak for “no way in hell am I returning, but I have to play nice while I’m still promoting the second film in the franchise.”
As for Star Wars, Abrams was asked how his aesthetic would be applied to the Star Wars universe, versus how he had adapted Star Trek. He also mentioned using George Lucas’ input to help guide the film:
…these are very different worlds, they shouldn’t feel the same aesthetically. They can’t. You’re right. 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.
So, while Lucas may have some input, don’t worry about Jar Jar Binks or some Ewoks showing up. Camera flares and hyper-superficiality, thought? Probably can expect that in abundance.
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