J.J. Abrams Will Direct Star Trek 2

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Star Trek fans rejoice, director J.J. Abrams will be back to helm the sequel to the fantastic 2009 reboot.

J.J. Abrams directs Star Trek

When I spoke to the director for Super 8 this past summer and asked what was next for the director -- he hinted that in fact this news was coming. “Sooner rather than later is the next Star Trek,” he said.

Boy was he right. While Abrams has his hands in many pots, including executive producing the fall TV debut Person of Interest, rumors abounded that he may hand off the franchise he helped resurrect to some other director. After doing such a masterful job with Star Trek starring Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, the news that he has signed on to direct the sequel is blissful to say the least.

In my interview earlier this year with Abrams, I asked about the release date for Star Trek 2 being out there and how that would affect his decision to direct or not.

“I care much more that it be good than it be ready,” he said. “We’re obviously doing everything we 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.”

That sentiment must have played into the decision to sign on to direct the second film in a rebooted franchise as Paramount has announced that the June 2012 release date has been pushed back.

Finally I have this little tidbit from my Abrams chat about any daunting challenge about making Star Trek 2 after the success of Star Trek 1.

“I don’t think that’s been any kind of hindrance, or additional problem. But, I certainly think that we want to make sure that it’s done right. The guys we’re working with are obviously brilliant, so I’m really excited to get back into it. Super 8 has been something that I’ve been working on pretty closely, so it’s been hard to find the leisure time to discuss Kirk and Spock.”

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