a new interview in Empire Magazine reveals that Abrams was initially toying with the idea of trekking from “where no man has gone before” to “a galaxy far, far away,” and even had meetings on the matter with Star Wars’ new overseer, Kathleen Kennedy. However, the lifelong Star Wars fan felt strongly that he’d rather enjoy the new films from a distance.
“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," Abrams told Empire. “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.”
The first of Disney’s Star Wars sequels is slated to hit theaters in 2015, while Abrams’ follow-up to his 2009 Star Trek reboot, titled Star Trek Into Darkness, will be released on May 17, 2013.