J.J. Abrams officially coming back for “Star Trek” sequel
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “will-he-or-won’t-he” dance between J.J. Abrams and the inevitable “Star Trek” sequel came to a close late last night, and fans of the recent reboot should be thrilled to learn that the director confirmed he’ll return to the franchise to hopefully take it to the next level.
Insiders close to the production’s schedule told Vulture that work already has begun on the sequel, and that Abrams will start shooting this winter from a screenplay that’s expected to be turned in later this month.
Now the question becomes when the sequel will reach theaters. Months ago, Paramount set a hopeful release date of June 29, 2012. When it became clear that Abrams wouldn’t rush to meet that deadline – and sacrifice the sequel’s quality – the studio moved “G.I. Joe 2” to that date and decided to wait for Abrams.
I think that’s a smart decision. Like Abrams, I don’t want to see them rush to hit a predetermined date. I want Abrams to take his time and develop the script that was worked up by Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.
The first “Star Trek” was such an entertaining ride for Trekkies and non-Trekkies, alike. With the same creative team coming back, the sequel has so much potential, and with Abrams officially in the chair, we can start looking forward to a riveting new “Star Trek” some time in 2013.
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