It’s a question that immediately sprang to the minds of fans of two franchises with Thursday’s news that J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
What happens to “Star Trek”?
According to Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, Abrams — who directed both 2009′s “Star Trek” and the upcoming sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” — will still be involved in some capacity with a possible third “Trek” movie, at the minimum as a producer, if not also directing the film.
Moore also pointed out that Abrams will continue to play a role in another of the studio’s most valuable franchises, “Mission: Impossible.”
“J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another ‘Star Trek,’” Moore said Friday afternoon.
I think all of us have certainly wondered what will happen with Trek moving forward. On the other hand, there’s nothing saying a director/producer can’t have a relationship with more than one company at once. It’s been done before, it will be done again. And it looks like it is being done again in this instance.
I did take exception to this though:
If Abrams does not direct, that could leave either Lindelof or Kurtzman and Orci in the director’s chair…
Say what? Lindelof has no directing credits to his name. Neither for that matter does Robert Orci. Alex Kurtzman has two TV show directing credits, and one film I have never heard of. So that business there seems like a strange thing to say to me.