Today is the 45th birthday of the man (currently) in charge of Star Trek’s future. While we all wait to hear what JJ Abrams has to say about what is next for Star Trek and the planned 2012 feature film sequel, we also wish JJ a big happy birthday.
Happy Birthday, JJ Abrams
In 2005 to early 2006 most people were writing off the Star Trek franchise as being done following the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise and the disappointment of Star Trek: Nemesis. But one person saw that as a challenge, and so when JJ Abrams had the chance to do any project he wanted following Mission: Impossible: III, he chose Star Trek, moving Trek back up to the front burner for Paramount. The result was the hit 2009 Star Trek movie, which has already spawned a planned 2012 sequel. Here is one of Abrams first interviews after the Australian premiere of Star Trek where he talks about his approach to reinvigorating Trek.
Super 8 still performing well + JJ on Charlie Rose & w/ First Lady
JJ Abrams latest project Super 8 just finished its third weekend in theaters and came in fourth, showing that the film has good word of mouth. It is poised to pass $100M this week and Box Office Mojo notes that it is tracking ahead of other similar films, including District 9. JJ has been doing a lot of media to promote the film over the last couple of weeks (some of which we have already shown), here is an extensive chat on PBS’ Charlie Rose show (via Hulu), you can also watch at CharlieRose.com.
Abrams also recently had a chance to moderate a panel with First Lady Michelle Obama who was in Hollywood to discuss her Joining Forces initiative to support military families. Visit HitFix for a full report on the event.
JJ Abrams with Michelle Obama at the Writers Guild Theatre on June 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
Waiting on JJ
While Super 8 is in theaters and his promotional work is mostly done, JJ Abrams still has lots of projects on his plate. He is currently in post-production (as producer) on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and if you catch Transformers: Dark of the Moon this weekend you will see the first trailer for that Paramount tentpole (due in December). Abrams’ production company is also overseeing two new TV series (Person of Interest for CBS and Alcatraz for FOX) as well as the fourth season of Fringe and more films in development (including a sequel to Cloverfield).
However, in the run up to the Super 8 movie JJ Abrams made it clear that his next priority as a producer was the Star Trek sequel, currently planned to be released in one year and two days (June 29, 2012). Abrams has admitted that the film is behind schedule. He has also said that it is still possible to deliver it on time, but he wont rush the film just to meet its release date. It is expected that sometime soon Paramount will officially announce their plans (and potential new date) for the Star Trek sequel, along with confirmation of Abrams decision to direct (or not).
So today JJ, have a great birthday. But please don’t make all the Trekkies wait too long to find out what’s next for Trek.