Sep 12, 2013

J.J. Abrams Will Not Direct The Next Star Trek Movie

J.J. Abrams is vacating the captain's chair, but he's not abandoning the Star Trek franchise When J.J. Abrams decided to take over the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode VII, most of us just assumed that his tenure with the Star Trek franchise had been placed on an indefinite hiatus.

Although an official announcement has not yet been made, a recent interview with the director has confirmed our suspicions: J.J. Abrams will not be directing the next Star Trek movie. Yesterday, Mr. Abrams and Simon Pegg sat down with Collider to promote the Blu-ray/DVD release of Star Trek Into Darkness, and when the conversation turned to sequels, Abrams was quick to point out that he wouldn't be leaving the franchise entirely. "It's a little bittersweet," he said. "But, I will say that I'm going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands."

In a separate interview with HitFix, Abrams mentioned Rupert Wyatt as a possible replacement. Wyatt's resume includes Rise of the Planet of the Apes and a 2008 film called The Escapist, so we obviously dig his work. "He's incredibly talented," Abrams said, "and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go." Wyatt's name isn't the only one being tossed into the hat, though, and it'll definitely be interesting to see how the process unfolds. But I, for one, am happy to see that Mr. Abrams and Paramount Pictures are concentrating on the storyline before worrying about who's going to sit in the director's chair.



Loren Mue said...

I'm kinda upset. I understand his movies apparently didn't feel like star trek movies (never really watched star trek), but I really loved the two films. In-fact star trek was quickly becoming one of my favorite franchises. I honestly think if he directed the two sci-fis, not as star trek films, but its own original IP, they would have been celebrated as great films by star trek fans.

Jhony Smith said...

I never really got all the Abrams hate before. Then I saw Into Darkness. To be honest, it wasn't a bad film on its own, but it was an appallingly bad remake of Wrath of Khan. The movie suffers heavily by comparison to the original, and it of course invites those comparisons by being a remake in disguise. Being disappointed by the "mystery box" of the film has among other things cemented that I will never watch Lost, because Abrams' record for payoff to mysteries is awful.