JJ Abrams has admitted that he never particularly cared for the original Star Trek series - despite now directing both the movie reboot and its sequel.
The director claims to have been more of a Twilight Zone fan in his youth, and only took on Star Trek because it gave him the opportunity to direct a space movie.
He told Nerdist.com: "I was, frankly, never really a fan. I never really got it. I never really cared much about it. Most of my friends who loved it were, without question, smarter than I was.
"I kept trying ... and I couldn't get it. I didn't care about it. It felt stilted. It is ironic because a lot of the tone and techniques and some of the writers as well were from The Twilight Zone. When you watch it, you'd go, 'God, there is that same kind of melodramatic vibe.' A lot of the writers were the same writers.
"You'd think someone who loved The Twilight Zone as much as I did would kind of find a kinship to that show and get on board. I couldn't do it."
On taking on the movie reboot, the 45-year-old added: "The reason I wanted to direct it was because I thought, 'When in the world, ever, am I going to get a chance to do a space movie? That's cool.'
"And I really loved the script that Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci wrote, and I thought, 'There is a version of this movie that is sort of surprisingly intimate and emotional and about these two men who are kind of displaced and who are both orphans in a weird way and they find a family'."
Shooting on Star Trek 2 is expected to start in January 2012.
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