J.J. Abrams Is Still Producing ‘Star Trek 3’ and May Possibly Direct

Paramount executive Rob Moore reveals the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ director will remain committed to the ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchises.
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J.J. Abrams Is Still Producing ‘Star Trek 3’ and May Possibly Direct

J.J. Abrams will still produce Star Trek 3 After yesterday's huge story that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII, many fans have been wondering what this will mean to the filmmaker's Star Trek franchise. Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore revealed today that the filmmaker will still be committed to the franchise, after Star Trek Into Darkness debuts this summer. Here's what the studio executive had to say, revealing J.J. Abrams will be involved as a producer on Star Trek 3, and on Mission: Impossible 5.

"J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek."

It also remains possible that J.J. Abrams will be back to direct Star Trek 3. Since there is a four-year gap between 2009's Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, opening on May 17, it may be possible for J.J. Abrams to return and direct Star Trek 3 for a 2017 release. However, if Star Trek Into Darkness is an even bigger hit than Star Trek, Paramount may not want to wait that long.

Star Wars: Episode VII is currently being written by Michael Arndt, with Disney aiming for a 2015 release date.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013.

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  • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

    Busy guy ...when does he sleep!?!?

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    • billythekid78 • 2 years ago

      For the love of God, and all that is holy, don't make us wait another 4 f**king years for another sequel!! J.J. doesn't need to direct the third Trek, as long as you have a solid script the film will direct itself! I loved the first and look forward to Into Darkness, but 4 years inbetween flicks is unacceptable!

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      • shuabert • 2 years ago

        I'm glad there is no bad blood between JJ and Paramount, because it would be a shame for him to leave the Trek franchise he's done so well bringing back to life.

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        • instead8909 • 2 years ago

          Next thing we know he'll be directing Stargate

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          • ChiRep-1 • 2 years ago

            I think he'll bring along someone he trusts to direct and remain producer and creative consultant. Possibly Matt Reeves?

            Congrats to JJ though, he'll be the king of Comic Con for the rest of his life.

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            • ROFLitschristian • 2 years ago

              This man is reigning high right now in Hollywood, and I have absolutely no problem with that.

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              • corey • 2 years ago

                Once Abrams starts this SW trilogy he isn't gonna wanna leave. I predict he'll help with the story, produce it, and give the director's chair to someone new for the third Star Trek film.

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                • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                  @incmob Lol. Too true. No doubt in my mind the man would persue other interest. Far as I can see it, he may be locked to direct the new trilogy and probably be done with Trek as director and produce any future projects, along with SW as well. I mean I'm assuming he only accepted the offer if he could co-produce, on top of his directing fees,then make it his own universe by borrowing all the lovely aliens Lucas and co created and get his AFI award along the way with both franchises behind his back. The man is set or life as it is, so I don't doubt he'll peruse other projects.

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                  • incmob • 2 years ago

                    @bawnian-dexeus I could not agree more. look what happened with x-men... prime example and history will once again repeat itself. however i dont feel that abrams will do to star wars as bryan singer did with superman. there is a slim chance paramount will wait for abrams, however there is a chance abrams might want to do other things after ST2.

                    @bawnian-dexeus also... i was thinking...

                    "I directed Star Trek and Star Wars, and all i got was this stupid t-shirt... and... a bazillion dollars, bitches!"

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                    • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                      In response to the article, obviously the sequel will be a big hit for Paramount and knowing them, they will rush part three with or without J.J. All they care about is keeping the franchise alive and the money rolling. No doubt the reboot brought them money from just the merchandise alone. It's the only reason why franchise films exists and why there will be a Transformers 4-10. Why else would Disney bloody buy the franchise? It makes half a billion nearly a year in just merch. Hell, that's why they pushed Cars two and absorbed billions in toys.

                      All I can say is that the studio should learn to chill, and let the man work. He can do both if you don't breath down his neck. He's the man responsible for reinvigorating the damn thing anyways.

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                      • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                        @ejk1 Pretty soon he's gonna have to wear that red shirt saying "I directed both Star Trek and Star Wars. Get over it!"

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                        • themoviefanatic • 2 years ago

                          @ejk1 Well said! I couldn't agree with you more!

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                          • incmob • 2 years ago

                            @ejk1 F*CK YES! THANK YOU! i am so sick of hearing people bitch and moan... hell, maybe they should have gotten uwe boll or maybe even GOD FORBID, brought Lucas back to direct. I understand people have their opinions but this is exactly what needed to happen to kickstart the franchise... Star Trek and Star Wars are too different breeds, and abrams has a diverse style, unlike say... zach snyder, or roland emmerich, or the watchowski siblings... any way you look at it, abrams is like any other director taking this on... they will be loved or hated for it, but at this point from his track record thus far, i say he has a pretty good shot at being loved.

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                            • thedude-abides • 2 years ago

                              Star Trek will always be Star Wars' bitch. F*ck you, Shatner. ROFL!

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                              • Josh-Tecumseh • 2 years ago

                                Im afraid of what this man will do to star wars and also what disney will do to it

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                                • skywise • 2 years ago

                                  I hope he is able to give us a 3rd Star Trek as director and viva la Star Wars.

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                                  • dan1 • 2 years ago

                                    @ejk1 Agreed.

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                                    • gandoff • 2 years ago

                                      I have not issue with him helming both franchises. I just think he needs to pick which to do first, so he can focus the right amount of time on each to do them both right. Paramount knows what he can do with Star Trek. So I doubt they try to push the subject to hard if he wants to do Star Wars next.

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                                      • moviegeek • 2 years ago

                                        sigh... Sadly Star Trek will be left behind for the bigger moneymaker :(

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                                        • msc1bs • 2 years ago

                                          Look at the flare on the lightsaber... how fitting for JJ Abrams!!

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