JJ Abrams on directing third ‘Star Trek’ movie: ‘It’s a possibility’

Director says 'Star Wars' won't necessarily prevent him from returning to 'Star Trek'

JJ Abrams has refused to rule out making another Star Trek movie.

Abrams, the creator of TV shows like Lost and Alias, successfully rebooted the franchise with 2009’s Star Trek, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews from film critics and grossed over $385 million (£250 million) worldwide. He has also directed the highly-anticipated sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens in UK cinemas next month (May).

Back in January, though, Abrams landed an even bigger job: directing the new Star Wars movie. Disney has slated it for release in 2015, which could make committing to a third Star Trek film difficult.

However, the director has insisted he could potentially make both movies. Asked whether Star Wars counts him out of Star Trek 3, Abrams told Playboy: “No. I would say it’s a possibility. We’re trying to figure out the next step. But it’s like anything: it all begins with the story.”

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have reprised their roles as Captain Kirk and Spock for Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens in UK cinemas on May 9 – a week earlier than originally planned. The film also stars Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays a mysterious villain called John Harrison. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.