11/12/2012 09:30 am ET

J.J. Abrams: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Probably Won't Be His Responsibility

The funny thing about J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" is how closely it resembled "Star Wars." It's not too hard to believe, of course, considering Abrams has often discussed his love of George Lucas' original trilogy. That raises an interesting question: Would Abrams want to take over the franchise starting with "Episode VII"?

"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," Abrams told HollywoodLife.com. "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!"

Abrams expressed similar feelings when asked about "Episode VII" by EW.com. "Part of me? Thrilled. Part of me? Terrified. Most of me? Thrillified," he joked.

It's still unclear just who will direct "Episode VII," but don't be surprised if someone is hired before the end of the year. Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3") was recently brought on to write the script, and with a 2015 release date looming, the production has to start sooner rather than later.

To find out what Jon Favreau think of "Episode VII," head over to HollywoodLife.com.

[HollywoodLife.com via The Playlist]

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