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JJ Abrams: 'I Turned Down Star Wars Job'

Star Trek director says he wanted to just be a fan of the sci-fi series...

JJ Abrams has revealed that he was approached about directing Star Wars Episode Seven, but turned the opportunity down.

The former Lost creator - who has successfully rebooted the Star Trek movie franchise - told Empire magazine that he was tapped up early on as Disney planned the sequel.

He explained: "There 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.

"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."

But he admitted there could be rivalry between Star Trek and Star Wars in the future.

"I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I'm not thinking that far ahead!

"I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It's in great hands."