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J.J. Abrams says Star Trek departure is bittersweet

13 September 2013

Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has described his departure from the ever popular Star Trek franchise as "bittersweet".

Speaking to Collider, the filmmaking heavyweight said that although he will stay on as producer, he will also feel jealous of whoever is selected to direct admitting "It's a little bittersweet, whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands.

I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing.

I certainly don't want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done."

Star Trek franchise actor Simon Pegg was also present during the interview and added "It's gonna be strange because JJ is such a part of it, but his stamp will be very much on it.

And whoever he gets to direct it will be someone he trusts implicitly. We've also got each other, as well. The whole cast is very united.

It will be interesting. It will be fun to get a different take on it. We've gotta keep evolving it. I guess it can only be good for the story, as long as it's the right person."

Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has rumoured to be in the frame for the coveted director's chair, while Abrams will stay on as a producer.