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J.J. Abrams Passes on 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Are there any directors left in Hollywood who haven’t publically turned down the opportunity to direct Star Wars: Episode VII yet? Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Joss Whedon, Peter Jackson … the list of candidates who have shied away from helming the next Star Wars sequel grows with each passing day. 
Throw J.J. Abrams’ name on the “No” list. 
In an interview with Hollywood Life, the director who rejuvenated Star Trek admits that his adoration for the Star Wars films would prevent him from ever attempting to add to the lore:
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!
Scratch another name off the list. 
It’s interesting that the passion and reverence the Star Wars trilogies have instilled in a generation of filmmakers is also the thing that’s preventing them from trying to build on George Lucas’ mythology. Someone is going to have to step up and embrace the challenge of helming a new Star Wars movie. With Michael Arndt writing a treatment and Lucas out of the way (as far as we can tell), the path to a great Star Wars movie appears to be clearing … if they could only find the right director.
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