One of the big question’s in Hollywood these days is: What is JJ Abrams next project as a director? Now a new report from New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog says they have the answer, which is that JJ is planning on directing an homage to the Steven Spielberg movies of the 70’s and 80’s, in collaboration with Spielberg.
JJ and Steven?
According to the report at the Vulture, Abrams is now finishing a script he plans to direct which is “a tip of the hat to [Spielberg’s] movies of the 70’s and early 80’s.” As for the plot the report states:
we’re told that like Spielberg’s Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T., the project will deal with everyday people whose personal relationships are tested when they are thrown up against extraordinarily fantastic – and possibly other-worldly – events.
The only other details is that it would be a Paramount Picture, in collaboration with Spielberg’s DreamWorks, to start production in the fall with a small budget (around $25 Million). According to the report, Abrams wants this film to be the "anti-Avatar" and not a big effects movie.
New York Magazine could not get official confirmation of its story from Paramount or DreamWorks (and neither could TrekMovie.com).
However, even without confirmations, this story is very plausible. Abrams is a known admirer of Spielberg’s. In fact, Spielberg visited the set of Star Trek during production and even assisted Abrams with a scene. And it is no secret that Abrams has been working on a new project. Last May Abrams told TrekMovie that he would like to "do something else" before considering taking on another Star Trek movie. Last October, at the Star Trek DVD press conference JJ Abrams stated that he was writing a script that he wanted to direct in 2010. In November Abrams told TrekMovie this other project was one of the reasons he was going to co-produce but not direct Mission: Impossible: IV, which goes before cameras this Summer.
Still leaves time for Star Trek sequel
So assuming that Abrams sticks with his plans to direct a movie in 2010, the next question will be: what does that mean for the Star Trek sequel? To date Abrams has only confirmed he will produce the sequel, but he is open to directing it. For the Star Trek sequel to make its delivery date of June 29, 2012, production would have to start no later than the Summer of 2011. That still gives Abrams time to direct another film, especially if it is a lower budget film, and then return to directing Star Trek. However, if Abrams commits to another project that is going to bleed well into 2011, he will have no choice but to bring in a new director for the Star Trek sequel.
Of course, TrekMovie will keep a close eye on all things Abrams and bring you the latest.