Now that the dust has finally settled after Disney’s shocking revelation that the dude that brought back Star Trek would be doing the same for Star Wars in Episode VII, now that we have finally exhausted all possible photoshop mash-ups (the above one is my last, I swear,) it is time to start dealing with the aftermath. Namely where does this leave the Trek reboot. Will/Can J.J. Abrams juggle the two biggest nerd franchises with the word ‘star’ in the title?
With Star Trek Into Darkness set to hit theaters in just a few months (May 17) star Chris Pine revealed his feelings on the matter to USA Today.
“The only way I’ll be disappointed is if he doesn’t direct our third movie, I think if that turns out to be the case we’ll have to kidnap him and hold him hostage until he agrees to do a third.”
Apparently channeling his Captain James T. Kirk character when he decided that uttering threats in a major national publication is just the kinda thing he should do (screw you and your rules, system), Pine also revealed that he thinks Abrams is the right guy to breath new life into a galaxy far far away.
“From my standpoint, J.J. is a science-fiction genius, to have him over in the Star Wars camp is going to be a great thing. I’m sure it’s going to be a great film.”
It’s worth noting that Abrams is only locked in to produce a third Trek movie and that in the past he has shown no opposition to handing the reins over to someone else (Lost to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, The Mission: Impossible films to Brad Bird as examples.) Would he stick around to direct for a third trek and still helm Star Wars? Well as Pine said, “There are fans from both camps who have their opinion on that.” And since Abrams is now officially the main guy for both and he has a long standing love of hidden Easter eggs in his films, would there be a Kirk cameo in Star Wars? Pine answered “Now you’re really playing with fire, I wouldn’t say that even lightly.”
Taking on directorial duties for both franchises would be a monumental task to say the least and if I was a betting man I would say Abrams will probably only produce a third Trek movie or if he does direct, the production would be pushed off a few years after his work on Episode VII wraps.
Either way it will be interesting to see how… it… all… YODA WITH SPOCK EARS! Yes! I knew I had one more in me… Off to photoshop!!
Source: USA Today