J.J. Abrams compares Star Trek and Star Wars

Describes how he was convinced to do both

J.J. Abrams has given a wide-ranging interview in the latest issue of Playboy in which he talks about juggling Star Trek and Star Wars, and how the two universes differ.

"The worlds are vastly different," says Abrams. "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.

"I was near the light at the end of the tunnel with my work on Star Trek," continues Abrams. "I felt I needed a bit of a breather, actually. But then Kathleen Kennedy called again. I’ve known her for years. We had a great conversation, and the idea of working with her on this suddenly went from being theoretical and easy to deny to being a real, tangible, thrilling possibility. In the end it was my wife, Katie, who said if it was something that really interested me, I had to consider it."

And while both are obviously sci-fi movies, Abrams maintains that his Star Wars will have a very different look to his Star Trek.

"As with anything, because 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 paralysed.

"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."

Star Trek: Into Darkness opens in the UK on 17 May 2013, while Star Wars: Episode VII is expected in 2015.

Are you pleased to see Abrams leading both franchises? Tell us, below!

Comments

    • Achilles

      Apr 25th 2013, 12:22

      JJ, please, don't ask George Lucas anything! Do your own movie and if the end product is only half as good as your take on Star Trek it will still be great. I am looking forward to this.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Apr 25th 2013, 13:02

      Or better yes, ask George then do the exact opposite of what he says. Guaranteed Oscar material.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Apr 25th 2013, 13:02

      Or better yes, ask George then do the exact opposite of what he says. Guaranteed Oscar material.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Apr 25th 2013, 13:03

      Damn repost, sorry.

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    • SiMan

      Apr 25th 2013, 13:18

      SO does this mean and Star Trek follow up will not be handled by Abrams?

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 25th 2013, 17:54

      wait a minute..Playboy has interviews?!

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 25th 2013, 18:08

      I just want Neill Blomkamp to make a Mass Effect movie and b/tch slap both 'Star' franchises into darkness.

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 26th 2013, 5:58

      Please for the love of god someone lock Gearge Lucas in a vault and don't allow him to leave until ep 7 is released.

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    • rmcmillen01

      Apr 26th 2013, 22:00

      I see too much wiggle room for this to go wrong........ which is why I wrote "An Open Letter To All Star Wars Geeks" on Hub Pages ..... Go there, read my open letter to fellow fans, take the quiz and even stay for the documentary.... or at least part of it... its 7 hours after all.

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