Lost and Alias creator J.J. Abrams believes that the reason he was successful in capturing the essence of Star Trek in the 2009 big screen reboot without getting mired in the franchise’s rich and somewhat convoluted history is because he wasn’t a massive Trekkie. It’s the same reason why he turned down a chance to be involved in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – because he’s an admited “Star Wars guy.”
“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.”
So with J.J. Abrams out of the picture, who else would you want to take a shot at the galaxy far, far away? Right now, the names that are being bandied about by fans are Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon.