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Monday 25 May 2015

JJ: Star Wars is another world

JJ Abrams is moving on from directing Star Trek to Star Wars
JJ Abrams is moving on from directing Star Trek to Star Wars

JJ Abrams has insisted he sees no similarity between sci fi space adventure franchises Star Trek and Star Wars, despite being asked to reboot both.

The director remade futuristic space adventure series Star Trek for the big screen, and now Disney have signed him up to lead the next Star Wars film, continuing on from where creator George Lucas left off. But JJ doesn't think his work on Star Trek puts him at an advantage.

He said of the two fantasy worlds: "One is a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. And one is us in a few hundred years. They could not feel more different to me. I feel like in my mind there is no Venn diagram overlap."

The film and TV creator has previously admitted he was never a Star Trek fan, but loved Star Wars since childhood.

He said: "I was aware of the pressure but never really felt it, because I was not a Star Trek fan. Working on it didn't carry the same sort of personal challenge of wanting it to meet a feeling that I had had since I was a kid."

JJ believes his secret to making a good sequel is not to assume all the audience will be fans of the original.

He said: "I think a lot of sequels make this weird mistake, which is that they assume you care. They assume you know about the world or the characters.

"The approach to Star Trek, especially for Star Trek Into Darkness, was to make a standalone movie.

"You never have to have seen our first film or the original series. It's its own thing. If you have, you'll be rewarded, but you don't have to.

"No project can be or should be approached assuming that the audience has any investment. If they do, that's a bonus. But it doesn't preclude the required steps of reintroduction."

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