As much as J.J. Abrams might wish he could just say “pass” for all the impending Star Wars questions he’ll field during the Star Trek Into Darkness press tour, it’s just not gonna happen. So, without a whole lot to say, Abrams has begun. He tells Empire that although Episode VII is in the very early stages, the confidence is there.
There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, [Trek and Wars are] not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of “Ooh, that’s really exciting.” And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think “that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.” How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it — all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be.
And that’s exactly how Abrams is approaching Star Wars. “I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.” Also: Steven Spielberg encouraged Abrams to take the gig.