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It's been a couple of days since news broke that JJ Abrams, the man who claimed many times how he wanted nothing to do with the Star Wars franchise, is now directing Star Wars. We've let it marinate -- some of us our excited, others of us are confused, but most of us are probably wondering what this news means for Star Trek.
Abrams is credited for reviving the Star Trek franchise with the release of 'Star Trek' in 2009 and the soon-to-be released sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness' so what does his new commitment mean for the crew of the USS Enterprise?
Fret not Trekkies, Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore spoke to Hero Complex about the situation and assures the world that Abrams will continue to be a part of the possible and likely third 'Star Trek' film and also mentions his role in another blockbuster franchise.
Moore said, "J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new 'Mission: Impossible,' and he is committed to produce another 'Star Trek'.
J.J. was a director and writer for 'Mission: Impossible III' and a producer for 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' with a fifth installment set for a 2015 release. Now, with the release of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' coming up in a couple months, and the film poised to hit huge numbers, the studio will probably want to start work on the next Star Trek film ASAP. According to Moore JJ, will at the very least, will be a producer on Star Trek 3 so he will at least help steer the story.
If he doesn't end up in the director's seat, there are plenty of capable hands to fill the position: Star Trek scribes Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and writer/director Roberto Orci would do well and probably keep with JJ's vision since they've worked closely with him on the franchise, but I'm sure there will be no shortage of people vying for the position. Star Trek Into Darkness opens on May 17th.
I think the Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate is about get really intense now. Those are two huge franchises riding on the shoulders of one man, think JJ Abrams can pull it off? And Star Trek fans, are you upset that JJ is essentially jumping ship for a galaxy far, far away? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ClevverMovies. I'm Aja Dang for Clevver Movies, thanks for watching.