Paramount chief Brad Grey recently described JJ Abrams as a ‘triple threat’ because he can write, produce and direct. However so far it looks like Para is only getting a ‘double threat’ for the first project under his new multi-mil deal. Abrams is down as producer and (co)writer for Trek XI, but tells MTV that it is still ‘too early to make the call’ on directing. He also talked again how ‘cool’ Trek XI is going to be, saying…
we’re all ridiculously excited about it. It’s hard to talk about at this stage, because there’s so much still left to do, but I can say that the story is incredibly cool. To be honest with you, I haven’t been a follower of the more recent "Star Trek" films. I got to appreciate them and like them, but this is the movie I would be in line to see.
If not JJ, then who?
JJ Abrams is a very very busy man, with projects and deals with Disney, Warner and Paramount. It is easy to understand why he is non-committal, but if he doesn’t direct he will have to pick one pretty soon. One person that can be taken off fan’s shortlist is Bryan Singer who is now working on a sequel to Superman Returns that he promises will be the ‘Wrath of Khan’ of that franchise. And speaking of ST:TWOK, many fans may suggest Nick Meyer who is still only 60, but the onlything he has directed since Star Trek VI is a TV movie 7 years ago. ‘Star Trek First Contact’ director Jonathan Frakes (half jokingly) told Star Trek Magazine that he is available if needed, but from JJ’s comments above I am not sure he is going to be the first call. Many of the people who worked on M:I:III had worked with Abrams in the past on ‘Alias’ and ‘Lost’, so he may turn to one of his regular directors like Emmy nominee Jack Bender. So add ‘who should direct’ to ‘who should be the new Kirk and Spock’ on the list of speculative topics for Trekkies around the world.
Full Interview with Abrams at MTV