Star Wars: J.J. Abrams on his worries and 'Episode 7' as a "once in a lifetime opportunity"

Ben Skipper
Star Wars: J.J. Abrams on his worries and 'Episode 7' as a "once in a lifetime opportunity"
J.J. Abrams (Credit: WENN)

J.J. Abrams has spoken out about his appointment as director of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' in the first of a string of interviews for 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

As his second 'Trek' film draws closer expect the director to be questioned equally about both sci-fi franchises.

Speaking to the BBC he spoke of his "worries" about being seen as the person responsible for rebooting 'Star Wars', adding: "It was one of the main reasons I initially said no to 'Star Wars'. I thought, 'I can't be that guy'."

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"There's a story that we are working on that's a small comedy drama, that I assumed would be the next movie I was going to direct," Abrams continued.

"And then 'Star Wars' came along. It was one of those things where 'Star Wars' felt like one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that forced me to stop and reconsider whatever the rulebook was." Speaking more about his career trajectory he admitted that he never has a plan regarding what to film next, instead he says he needs to " feel - in my gut - something special".

He also spoke about removing his own fandom for the sake of the franchise when approaching 'Episode VII'. "It's just about about approaching it from as authentic a place as possible, and not trying to apply what you believe or think, as much as trying to filter everything and get at it from the core of the characters.

"[It should be] what you deeply want to see, never what you assume the fans might like."

The BBC's Will Gompertz also questioned him about whether he feels he's being too associated with big budget blockbusters. "I do feel at a certain point, if I take on one more, it's over, " the director said. " I already felt that way with 'Mission: Impossible', then with 'Star Trek'."

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is due for release in 2015.