TrekMovie.com has already reported that February is the point where Trek XI could move from ‘development’ to getting a green light (or not) and going into pre-production. In the last few weeks we have been getting various reports from sources around the studio that things are progressing and preperations are already being made to start some preliminary work the coming weeks. Now comes this from today’s Hollywood Reporter:
Over at Paramount Pictures, for example, there is now a question whether J.J. Abrams will direct "Star Trek XI." …Although Paramount is hopeful that Abrams will captain the Starship Enterprise, sources said the director likely will make his decision later this week.
It has been the working assumption in the trades (and even at Paramount) that Abrams would direct the film, but Abrams has been coy about this decision. In November J.J. told TrekMovie.com he wouldn’t decide until he had a script and was sure he was the right person for the film. This decision for Abrams to direct or not would be one of the last items in finalizing the plans for the film to move into pre-production. Of course if Abrams chooses not to direct, then (if he doesn’t have one set already) the search for a director could be a bit of a delay. However unless the process were prolonged it is unlikely to change the planned 2008 release.