Don’t Worry, Trekkies, J.J. Abrams Hasn’t Completely Abandoned Star Trek … Yet

J.J. Abrams on the set of Star Trek (2009) Movie Image

With yesterday’s huge news that J.J. Abrams had decided to take a shot at directing a movie from a galaxy far, far away, sci-fi fans are wondering what’s going to happen to the new “Trek” universe that Abrams made popular again with 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot, and has continued with the upcoming sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness”.

Fear not, Trekkies, according to Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, Abrams hasn’t completely abandoned the Trek-verse. Sort of. Moore tells the LATimes’ Hero Complex that even once his “Star Trek Into Darkness” duties are fulfilled and he hops over to rival sci-fi franchise “Star Wars” with that series’ “Episode VII”, Abrams will still maintain a presence on not only “Star Trek”, but also “Mission Impossible” for the studio.

J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another ‘Star Trek.’

That’s “produce”. Obviously, with something as massive as a “Star Wars” movie, it’s highly unlikely Abrams will be able to do anything other than just produce the third “Star Trek” movie. (And let’s not kid ourselves; as high as the anticipation for “Star Trek Into Darkness” is, the box office on this thing will be huge, which means “Star Trek 3″ will be announced soon thereafter.)

Of course, there’s a huge difference between “producing” a movie and directing one. Take, for example, Abrams’ “producing” of the last “Mission Impossible” movie, “Ghost Protocol”, which was directed by Brad Bird. Or his “producing” of all the TV shows that have been borne under his Bad Robot shingle.

Time will tell how all this shakes up…