Depending on your point of view, is either the savior or the antichrist of the sci-fi space opera. I happened to enjoy his rebooted vision for Star Trek, but I never grew up as serious Trek fan so I came to that movie as an easy-to-please sci-fi lover. However, I am a huge Star Wars fan and feel very anxious about what Abrams has in store for us now that he's taken custody of George Lucas's baby (I'm talking about the Star Wars universe here, not his actual children. That would be weird).
Empire has dedicated pretty much an entire issue to the man tasked with taking us to a galaxy far, far away and recently sat down with the director to quiz him on all things Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. First up, they asked him if he was able to approach directing Star Wars with a detached objectivity, considering he's such a huge fan of the series:
I don’t know because we're just getting started. So it's a great question that I hope I'll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is... 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.
Before Abrams was confirmed to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, he had actually ruled himself out of the running due to his commitments to Star Trek. What made him change his mind? We can thank a certain for that:
My knee-jerk reaction was that I'm in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can't even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting... I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It's funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.
Thank you Mr Spielberg, he was our only hope.
Abrams is obviously passionate about the project and seems to have a clear vision of what he wants from the movie. It's a huge responsibility to be given the keys to Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, but the success of his Star Trek reboot (despite annoying some Trek some purists), its much-anticipated sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and his love for all things Jedi suggests that the responsibility was well placed.