Star Trek director JJ Abrams turned down the chance to do likewise on Star Wars Episode 7.

He revealed that he was approached regarding Disney's sequels but wanted to remain a simple fan rather than getting involved in the filmmaking process.

"There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan [of Star Wars], I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things," he told Empire Magazine.

"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."

Abrams added: "I guess the franchises could go up against each other, but I'm not thinking that far ahead!"

"I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, and the idea of the world continuing is exciting and will be amazing. Kathy Kennedy is a friend and there are no smarter producers. It's in great hands."