After this week’s news about JJ Abrams directing Star Wars Episode VII, fans of the Star Trek series have been wondering if this news means Abrams is done with Enterprise?
Not so, say Paramount.
Speaking to the LA Times, Paramount vice-president Rob Moore insists that Abrams will still be involved in the inevitable follow-up to Star Trek Into Darkness, though his role may be more limited.
“[Abrams] will still be involved in some capacity with a possible third Trek movie, at the minimum as a producer, if not also directing the film.”
Moore also confirmed that Abrams will also still be involved in the Mission: Impossible series, having directed the third film, and produced the fourth. It also needs to be remembered that Abrams production company Bad Robot have a first-look deal with Paramount. Lastly, Abrams works on the Star Trek films with regular partners Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are all on board as writers-producers, so even if Abrams is only involved in a producing credit role in Star Trek 3, his influence will continue to be felt.