J.J. Abrams isn't directing next 'Trek,' but will be involved
September 13th, 2013
04:45 PM ET

J.J. Abrams isn't directing next 'Trek,' but will be involved

J.J. Abrams isn't going to run off and leave his "Star Trek" franchise high and dry.

The director has confirmed that he won't lead the charge on a third "Star Trek" film, but he tells StarTrek.com that he will be involved in both the creation of the story and its production.

"Obviously, it matters very much to me, having been there from the very beginning of this incarnation," Abrams, who's directed both 2009's "Star Trek" and this year's "Star Trek Into Darkness," told the website. "The next step is a critical thing. I did not work on two movies in a row to run off and not participate. So, my involvement is real. My involvement is emotional. It’s not just the actors I want to make sure are on a solid footing, but it’s the characters, too."

That said, Abrams will have to take a step back from the franchise in order to make room in his schedule for other projects - like the next installment in another beloved, behemoth film series, "Star Wars." The busy exec is planning to relocate to London at the end of the year to work on "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Making room for a new director on the next "Star Trek" is nonetheless "a little bittersweet," Abrams told Collider.

"Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands," he continued. "I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s going to come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is."

Hmm - any suggestions on who should step and fill Abrams' place?

Filed under: movies • Star Trek • Star Wars

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    October 9, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Maylene

    we feel involvement is a must...due too the lack of emotional support on the film.

    October 9, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. bassmaster22

    No involvement would be best by JJ Abrahms. Both movies were trash. Sure, they seem decent if you don't put any thought in to them while watching, but if you let them digest it's pretty obvious they're horrible. The try to blind you with shiney things and hope that that's all it takes.
    The Princess Bride was a better Star Trek movie than either of these two.

    October 9, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • JustAHoe45

      No actually most in this area of Hollywood feel involvement is a must in order too survive and bad influence must go

      October 9, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • stndspec

      Agreed! Story and Science are not the things you want to get wrong in Star Trek. While there is a long history of the Trek films being crazy loose with the science, TNG and the following series really defined Star Trek with about 650 hours of stories that did their very best to at least remain marginally plausible. This became an important differentiator between ST and other space settings, and defined the trek universe as a potential one instead of pure fantasy. The stories and characters always came first, so unsurprisingly viewers grew attached to those characters. Abrams doesn't really make sci-fi or story-driven films. They are purely action adventure, the story and characters are just devices to further a visual joy ride. It will probably work a little better for Star Wars (which he will probably do a more interesting job with than Lucas did recently with I II and III, so no issue there,) and episodes VII VIII and IX are already written so he can't screw the story up too much hopefully. That said, something is very wrong in the world when one man is given such total control over both Star Trek and Star Wars.. never would have occurred to me something like that could even happen.

      October 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fan

    Jon Favreau

    October 8, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |


    September 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Suck


    September 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    David Twohy...Riddick movies

    September 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marti

    Jonathan Frakes

    September 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. timelord7202

    "Into Darkness" was by and large great (two iffy scenes didn't detract too badly and he captured the feel of TREK very nicely) but the 2009 flick was glossy garbage.

    Am looking to the next installment.

    September 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James

    Post sci-fi JJ templates. Its a shame he's been allowed to murder two franchises.

    September 16, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. me

    JJ Abrams rocks and so do the last 2 ST movies. Like you could do better. Come on... see it for what it is. ENTERTAINMENT, people! And excellent entertainment at that! Chill out and quit pretending it has to filmed as reality. They are both excellent installments for the ST franchise! I'm SORRY he won't be directing the next. As for directors... Love Ron Howard... could he pull off the sci fi? Depends on how much he LOVESit or not. How about Ridley Scott...maybe?

    September 16, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Don Roberto

    JJ would never let it happen, and he probably wouldn't be interested, anyway, but I'd love to see Christopher Nolan's take on Star Trek. Nolan did an excellent job deconstructing Batman to its original essence, then building a set of believable movies on the skeleton. It would be fascinating to see what Nolan could do with Star Trek, which badly needs a similar deconstruction; the characters and situations are already self-caricatures, which hinders any real drama, suspense, or wonder - we are left with CGI action and inside jokes.

    September 15, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  16. Pat

    Joss Whedon

    September 15, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. Kevin

    My wife and I thought the new Star Trek movies were awesome. And this is coming from a die hard trek fan for over 30 years(20 for her). I am sure JJ will help find a good director for the new movies. Plus like he said he will be a part of the story creation still which is good.

    September 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Peace ☮

    I finally watched "Into Darkness" (?) last pm, it was ok. I'm not a trekky so that might have something to do w/it.

    September 14, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  19. Robert Smith

    A monkey would do less damage as a director. This tool has destroyed Star Trek and is set to do the same to Star Wars.

    September 14, 2013 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Calm down, geek. Why is it you antisocial sci-fi zealots take this crap so seriously. I actually worked for Gene, spoke one-on-one with him nearly every day for a year. Even he wouldn't be as psychotically angry as you and your fellow nobodies are over JJ's handling of the franchise. Rick Berman? Another story all together.

      September 14, 2013 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • G. Lucas

      hahahhaa ... it is George Lucas who destroyed Star Wars chief ... Episode 1 was a travesty!

      September 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jen


    September 13, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. usernameharryjoyce

    RON HOWARD by far is one of the best ever for these type of movies....

    September 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. JarJar

    Anybody. The new ST movies suck, and so will SW under JJ.

    September 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  23. iBod


    September 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Henry HanksCNN

    Brad Bird!

    September 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |

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