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The answer is Yes, he is.
Abrams has officially signed on to direct, with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci doing their thing once again behind the script with the assist of “Lost” guy (and producer) Damon Lindelof. Everyone is expected back since, well, what exactly has everyone been doing since “Star Trek” made them all famous? Chris Pine was poised for super stardom, but, um, that doesn’t seem to be happening yet. The other breakthrough star was Zachary Quinto, who, likewise, hasn’t been doing much in terms of continuing on the “Trek” success. Hell, young Mister Anton Yelchin (Chekov) along with Zoe Saldana (Uhura) might currently be the biggest names in the cast!
Abrams’ first “Star Trek” reboot earned $385 million worldwide from a $150 million dollar production budget. It was a respectable box office hit, but by no means a runaway success despite stellar critic and fanboy reviews when you factor in the rest of the film’s costs. The movie has gone on to do gangbuster business on DVD, though — it’s since generated a whopping $100 million from DVD and Blu-ray sales alone.