Since the recent announcement that Disney had acquired LucasFilm and they were moving forward with a new Star Wars film trilogy there has been a lot of speculation about who will be involved in these projects. One name that has come up is JJ Abrams. In a new interview the Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director says he has another idea for his next project. Details below.
Abrams Says ‘No’ To Star Wars VII – Plans To Roll His Own
According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney and LucasFilm sent a treatment for the next Star Wars movie to three filmmakers — J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird and Steven Spielberg. While Abrams may have loved the Star Wars universe as a kid, he apparently doesn’t want to work there anytime soon. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly Abrams revealed:
"I have some original stuff I am working on next.”
Turning down Star Wars can’t be easy for Abrams, who has made no secret of his love of that galaxy far far away. In 2009 he told LA Times:
"As a kid, Star Wars was much more my thing than Star Trek was. If you look at the last three Star Wars films and what technology allowed them to do, they covered so much terrain in terms of design, locations, characters, aliens, ships…"
What will Abrams next project do to 3rd Star Trek film?
Abrams comment about ‘original stuff’ is also intriguing and also a bit of déjà vu. In his interview with TrekMovie at the release of his first Star Trek film back in 2009 Abrams revealed he didn’t want to immediately dive into a sequel and instead planned to do something "original." That project eventually became the 2011 film Super 8. which he wrote and directed. And it was Super 8, along with Abrams’ many other TV and film projects, which led to the delay of his follow-up Star Trek feature (Into Darkness) which moved from a June 2012 release to May 17, 2013.
So it isn’t too early to start speculating about a third Star Trek film produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. It is generally expected that Abrams will at least produce the film and other writer producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have also indicated they will likely want to finish out with a trilogy as well. So once again we will be left with the same question that preceded production on both the 2009 Star Trek film and 2013’s Into Darkness — will J.J. Abrams direct? If he does, then could we be in for another 4 year gap between Trek films to give him time to complete another project?
TrekMovie will continue to keep track of this next big Trek.
JJ Abrams with his Star Trek (2009) cast – will he be in director’s chair for a third Star Trek?
Worth the wait?
So given a choice would you prefer to wait for Abrams to complete his next project before returning to Star Trek for a third film? Or would you want him to hand it off to a new director to expedite a follow-up? It is hard to guess how long we would have to wait but at least adding a year, more likely 2 years.
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