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J.J. Abrams says he can still do ‘Star Trek 3′

- April 25th, 2013

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Before J.J. Abrams starts working on Star Wars Episode VII full time, the director will have to walk the promo gauntlet for Star Trek Into Darkness where he will be asked endlessly how he plans on juggling two franchises.

Up to now, fanboys have just assumed he’ll ditch Trek entirely now that Disney has handed him the keys to a new trilogy of Star Wars films.

But in an interview with Playboy, Abrams says doing Episode VII doesn’t mean he can’t make another Star Trek.

“I would say it’s a possibility,” he tells the magazine. “We’re trying to figure out the next step. But it’s like anything: It all begins with the story.”

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Abrams also addressed some of the backlash he experienced when it was announced that he was helming the new Star Wars film.

“I mean, I get it. The worlds are vastly different. Honestly, that was why I passed on Star Wars to begin with. I couldn’t imagine doing both. But when I said that my loyalty was to Star Trek I was literally working on finishing this cut. I couldn’t even entertain another thought. It was like being on the most beautiful beach in the world and someone saying, ‘There’s this amazing mountain over here. Come take a look.’ I couldn’t balance the two, so I passed on Star Wars… In the end it was my wife, Katie, who said if it was something that really interested me, I had to consider it.”

The wide-ranging interview also touches on Fringe (I skipped that bit since I haven’t finished the series), the possibility of an Alias movie (“We discuss it. In the right circumstance and situation I would definitely be open to it”), Cloverfield II (“Part of me just wants to let it go”) and his un-produced Superman Flyby screenplay.

Check out the latest trailer below and let us know whether you think Abrams should be allowed to direct both Star Trek and Star Wars.

Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a ‘pig’ for doing ‘Star Wars’

- February 14th, 2013
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William Shatner is seen at the Juno Awards in this 2012 file photo. Darren Brown/QMI Agency

 

While many Star Wars fans did a happy dance following news that Star Trek helmer J.J. Abrams is directing Episode VII, there’s at least one person who isn’t thrilled with Disney’s choice for overseeing the revered franchise.

Speaking to Movie Fanatic, Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original TV series and subsequent films, had some choice words for Abrams.

“He’s being a pig… He’s collecting the two franchises, and holding them close to his vest. He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk we have. But, he’s gone too far this time.”

Shatner, who was joking – I think, added that he thinks of the director as his friend, and then suggested he might try taking Abrams out for Sushi.

“It’s time for J.J. and I to have another Sushi (so) I can put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing him in either one of them.”

In the months leading up to the release of Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek, Shatner lamented the fact that his version of Kirk was not included in the film.

“I couldn’t believe it. I’m not in the movie at all. Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me,” he told The Associated Press.

A time travel storyline enabled Leonard Nimoy to reprise Spock, but Abrams did not include Shatner’s Kirk because he had been killed off in 1994′s Star Trek: Generations.

So, what do you think? Is it a mistake to let Abrams control two of the biggest sci-fi franchises of all time? Will he be as successful rebooting Star Wars as he was Star Trek? And, most of all, should Shatner’s Kirk have been given a role in Abrams’ Star Trek films?

Let us know in the comments.

J.J. Abrams had ‘conversations’ about directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- December 26th, 2012

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When Disney announced that it was planning a new series of Star Wars films after acquiring the rights from creator George Lucas, the first question on many fans’ minds was: Who is going to write and direct the new trilogy?

J.J. Abrams was at the top of many lists to direct the first instalment after he successfully injected new life into Star Trek and Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series.

Well, it appears fans and movie execs think alike. Abrams was offered the gig, at least in the preliminary stages, but turned it down. The director tells Empire Magazine that he and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy talked about it.

“[T]here 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,” he told Empire (via Coming Soon). ” 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.”

That leaves X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn as the front-runner to direct Episode VII, which is due out in 2015. Vaughn was tipped in November as an early favourite, and his odds increased after it was announced that Bryan Singer will be behind the camera for the next X-Men film.

The one thing that’s certain are the writers. Oscar-winning Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine), will write Episode VII, with Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinsberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) writing the other two instalments.

Abrams’ upcoming sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, is set to hit theatres next May.

In the meantime, who do you think should direct Star Wars: Episode VII? Let us know in the comments.