JJ Abrams has finally agreed to direct the next chapter in the Star Trek movie franchise.
While the Lost and Fringe creator was always set to produce, and has been working on the script with the writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for some time, he had never officially signed on to helm the film. Until now. As reported first by Vulture:
Pre-production is underway, the script will be done by month’s end and Abrams will start shooting this winter.
The delay in production has caused the intended release date of June 2012 to be pushed back, with Paramount‘s intended Star Trek 2 slot being given to GI Joe 2: Retaliation.
The film will see the return of the 2009 cast with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto set to reprise their roles as Kirk and Spock. Simon Pegg will also return as Scotty.
The 2009 Star Trek film directed by Abrams grossed over $365m (£231m) worldwide, more than doubling the income of other big hitters in the franchise like Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
The release date for The Untitled Star Trek Sequel is unconfirmed. It is thought that early 2013 is the most likely possibility.