J.J. Abrams Will Still Be A Producer On Future Star Trek Movies

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-01-25 19:26:45discussion comments
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When it was announced yesterday that J.J. Abrams has been selected as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, nerds around the world immediately began to question the decision...and with good reason. After all, Abrams was the director responsible for bringing Star Trek back to life in 2009 and as long as both franchises have existed their fans have been at war with one another. But the situation does pose another interesting question: if Abrams is now fully invested in the Star Wars universe, what does that mean for his future connection to Star Trek?

According to the L.A. Times and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, the relationship will continue, though it looks as though Abrams won't be coming back to direct the follow-up to Star Trek Into Darkness, which will be out this summer. In a statement to the paper, Moore not only confirmed that the filmmaker will continue working within the world created by Gene Roddenberry, but that his involvement with the Mission: Impossible franchise will persist as well. "J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek," the executive said.

Obviously we're still waiting to see Star Trek Into Darkness, but it's interesting to know that the next movie's director chair is up for grabs. The last time Abrams passed off a franchise to another director he selected Brad Bird to make Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, so we can only hope that he makes as good a choice for Star Trek 3.
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