If there's one thing I can say that's truly dangerous to the creative process, it's letting wide-eyed fans take part in making the stuff they love.
Lost and Alias creator J.J. Abrams was able to capture the essence of Star Trek in the 2009 reboot without getting mired in the franchise's history because he wasn't a massive Trekkie, and it's because he's an admitted "Star Wars guy" that he turned down a chance for involvement in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
"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."
Makes sense to me! I'm not gonna lie--I'm still excited for Episode VII, even if it's more on the "cautiously optimistic" side of things. What about you? Do you think Abrams' involvement would have helped or hurt Episode VII's production?