In Empire magazine’s cover story on Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams admits that he turned down the chance to direct Episode VII.
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.
Thanks to ComicBook.com for the quote!
Abrams was one of the first director hopefuls that the internet championed, but he was quick to deny the possibility.
Elsewhere… Looking for some goofy Episode VII fun? Check Star Wars Sequel Debacle Simulator.