Trekkies (and Hollywood watchers) are all still waiting to find out if producer JJ Abrams will returning to the director’s chair for the 2012 Star Trek sequel, but today he added a new job title to his resume: novelist. Details below. [UPDATED]
UPDATED: Abrams new frontier: novels to ‘explode bonds of novel’
JJ Abrams has inked a deal with publisher Little, Brown and Company to write a currently untitled thriller novel. This will be Abrams first time as a novelist, but he has extensive writing credits for TV and film, which has garnered him 3 Writers Guild nominations and one Emmy nomination.
The book will be written in collaboration with award-winning novelist Doug Dorst ("The Surf Guru", "Alive in Necropolis"). “Doug is a genius,” said J.J. Abrams in the official press release. “I could not be more excited to collaborate with him on this completely original project. I feel lucky not just to be working in this medium, but also to be doing so at Little, Brown.”
The release date is targeted for the fall of 2012, luckily months after the June 29, 2012 Star Trek sequel release date. Abrams new book will be released under the Mulholland Books imprint, which specializes in suspense fiction. “Doug and J.J.’s story will explode the bonds of the novel in ways no book has ever done,” said Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, Michael Pietsch. “It is a privilege to work with this wildly creative team of writers and thinkers.
Abrams is currently in post-production on his Spielberg homage/collaboration Super 8, which he wrote and directed. He is also overseeing a number of new TV pilots for the 2011/2 season, in addition to gearing up for the the 2012 Star Trek sequel, which should go into pre-production soon and shoot in the fall. Trekkies are still waiting to find out if he will be directing the next Trek in addition to producing.
Abrams all smiles last week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas
– now adding novelist to his resume