J.J. Abrams says he won't direct new "Star Wars" film

Executive producer J.J. Abrams speaks during the "Alcatraz" panel during the Fox Broadcasting Company portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on Jan. 8, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

J.J. Abrams says he won't be helming the next "Star Wars" movie.

Sources told Entertainment Weekly that Lucasfilm, which was recently acquired by Disney, sent treatments for "Star Wars: Episode VII" to at least three filmmakers, including Abrams, Brad Bird and Steven Spielberg.

But Abrams, who directed the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot and is currently in post-production on its sequel, "Star Trek into Darkness," says he won't be the one venturing into the Jedi universe.

"I have some original stuff I am working on next," he told EW on Monday.

He expressed a similar sentiment in a recent interview with HollywoodLife.com.

"Look, 'Star Wars' is one of my favorite movies of all time," he said, adding, "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."

Abrams is also known for his television ventures, which include creating "Alias," co-creating "Lost" and "Fringe" and serving as an executive producer on NBC's freshman drama "Revolution."

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is slated for a 2015 release. Last week, Lucasfilm confirmed that Oscar-winner Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine," "Toy Story 3") will pen the film's screenplay.

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  • Jessica Derschowitz

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