As if J.J. Abrams wasn't busy enough, Paramount Pictures has told The LA Times that the famed STAR TREK director will produce a third film in the franchise. The news comes directly after yesterday's annoucement that Abrams would helm 2015's STAR WARS: EPISODE VII for Disney.
Though he may not direct the next TREK, he will at least serve as producer, Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore said. Abrams will also continue with the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise for at least one more film, Moore confirmed.
In Abrams' second TREK film, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the crew of the Enterprise is called back home and they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Returning cast members include Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, and John Cho. Benedict Cumberbatch also stars as the (as of now) unnamed enemy.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS hits theaters on May 17.
J.J. Abrams is well known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. He wrote and produced feature films before co-creating the television series Felicity (1998-2002). He also created Alias (2001-2006) and co-created Lost (2004-2010), Fringe (2008-present), Undercovers (2010) and produced the television series Person of Interest (2011-present), Alcatraz (2012) and Revolution (2012-present).
He directed the films Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), and Super 8 (2011), and produced the films Cloverfield (2008), Morning Glory (2010) and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). Many of the films he directed/produced are by Paramount, while his television series were co-produced by eitherWarner Bros. or ABC Studios.