JJ Abrams has confirmed that he will not direct the next Star Trek film due to his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
Speaking to Collider at the blu-ray launch party for Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams was asked how important it was for him to stay involved for the third Trek film, even though he would likely not be directing.
“It’s a little bittersweet. But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. 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 gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is.”
As soon as Abrams was confirmed to direct Episode VII, it was believed that it would mean he would have to step back from directing duties on a third Trek outing. So while Abrams will still be around to produce, it’s time to find someone new to step into the centre seat and lead the Enterprise.