Will director J.J. Abrams return for the next installment to the rebooted Star Trek film franchise? Obviously there has been some doubt, hence the question. While I won’t detail this past years “will he, won’t he?” drama, I can say it boiled down to 2 things. Delays that eventually led Paramount to replace Star Trek 2 with G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation in its June 29th, 2012 release slot. In addition, the director made it known back in August that he wouldn’t officially sign on until “everything was in place.”
Well, apparently everything has fallen into place. There is a news report confirming that Abrams will indeed helm the sequel. Like there was ever any real doubt. Here’s the report via Vulture:
Vulture can confirm that J.J. Abrams has finally committed to shooting Star Trek 2. Insiders familiar with the director’s plans tell Vulture that pre-production is underway, that the script will be done by month’s end and that Abrams will start shooting this winter.
Keep in mind, this isn’t exactly an official statement from the bigwigs of Paramount, or Abrams’ people. Regardless, it sounds legit enough.
As to why the delay had ever begun? Apparently, screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, who wrote Abrams’ first Trek with Roberto “Bob” Orci was in the middle of trying to finish his directorial debut Welcome To People. Without Kurtzman, Abrams would not fully commit. Now that Alex’s work is all finished and in the can, Abrams and company can proceed accordingly.
Very little is known of the plot. However, what we know for certain is: the entire cast of the first one will return and that J.J is boldly going wherever he damn well pleases…and that (at least for this nerd) is just fine.
Via: Comic Book Movie