J.J. Abrams, who is currently busy with the latest entry in the new Star Trek film series, and producer of one of the greatest TV series of all-time (Lost), is certainly a hot commodity.
So much so that Abrams was reportedly asked to take the reigns of the newly announced Star Wars trilogy, which came about after Disney purchased Lucasfilm earlier this year for $4.06 billion.
According to Empire, Abrams declined to direct the next film as "loyalty to Star Trek".
"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 friendand there are no smarter producers. It's in great hands," Abrams told the outlet.
"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."
Star Trek Into Darkness is currently in pre-production and scheduled for a 2013 release.
Meanwhile, Star Wars: Episode VII is being slated for release in 2015.