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We’ve been talking for months now about the extremely slow movement towards getting the next Star Trek made. After that first movie it felt like it was on its way to becoming the next, big franchise but director JJ Abrams and pretty much everyone involved finished it, promised another one, and then didn’t work on it. They chose instead to move on to other, unrelated projects. This weekend though one of those other projects, the JJ Abrams directed movie Super 8, opens in theaters. Now that he’s got this out of his system, can we please get another Star Trek? Abrams said yes today, when we spoke with him at a junket promoting Super 8.
Even though he’s been rumored to be involved in all manner of other projects after Super 8, Abrams confirms, “The next thing we’re working on, and hopefully we’ll be able to pass information out sooner or later, is the next Star Trek.”
The question is, since they’ve taken so long to start working on it, when exactly will we see it? Paramount has set June 29, 2012 as the sequel’s release date but when asked if he thought they’d be able to make that date Abrams wouldn’t commit. Instead he says, “I care much more that it be good than it be ready. I’m, obviously doing everything I can to make sure that schedules don’t get screwed up. But I don’t think anyone wants a movie on time that’s not worth your time.” He actually seems enthusiastic about getting back to work on the Enterprise, “We want to make sure it’s done right. The guys I’ve been working with are obviously brilliant so I’m really excited to get back into it. So this is something I’ve been working on pretty closely, so in part they’re like, fine we’ll meet you to discuss.”
The only good news there is that they aren’t holding the thing up to add a bunch of 3D to it or anything. Abrams confirmed that 3D has nothing to do with the delay and when asked if they’re considering doing 3D at all he said, “I’m not yet considering it, but you know, I haven’t gotten any phone call from people in suits. I know what’s good for me.” Abrams has never done a 3D movie and he doesn’t sound interested in starting now. With the recent news that 3D ticket prices are starting to slide, hopefully he won’t feel any studio pressure to make this the first ever Trek movie in the format.