J.J. Abrams On Directing ‘Star Trek 2′ & ‘Super 8′ Trailer

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am,

star trek 2 J.J. Abrams On Directing Star Trek 2 & Super 8 Trailer

Hollywood movie/TV geek producer/writer/director J.J. Abrams was on hand at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour this week and during the Fox portion of the event, he fielded a series of questions regarding his current television and film projects, of which there are many.

While he touched on the failure of his latest series Undercovers, taking full responsibility for it not succeeding, and also expressed his honest feelings about Fringe being moved to a Friday night timeslot, he did offer excitement for what we have to look forward to in his upcoming series Alcatraz and Pulp. On the film side, he also talked about the decision he needs to make regarding taking the captain’s chair to direct Star Trek 2 and gave us an ETA for when we’ll finally see a trailer for Super 8.

With writers Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci and Damon Lindelof recently broke the story of Star Trek 2, finalizing the villain(s) and the path each character of the USS Enteriprise will take. With a release date already set in stone for the summer of 2012, finding a director will soon be a priority for production to begin later this year.

Abrams took it upon himself to direct the franchise restart (avoiding the word “reboot”) and bring to viewers a new and unique style of visuals and cinematography, combining it with high-paced action and plenty of light character moments. The question on everyone’s mind now is whether or not he’ll helm the sequel and when we’ll find out. Abrams explains that he has yet to read the script but that when he does, he expects to make a decision by March.

“I guess the idea of not wanting to choose to direct a film, for which I’ve not read a script. It’s a tough decision to make without seeing any pages. That’s not to say that I don’t have all the faith in the world in the spectacular writers. Damon Lindelof, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are awesome. My hope is that they’ll write the script, it will be great and we can make a fun, exciting sequel to Star Trek.”

As for the mysterious Super 8 project he’s also working on, Abrams reveals that we can expect the first trailer (watch the Super 8 concept teaser) to drop around the same time he makes his Star Trek decision in March.

Do you want him to continue directing future Star Trek installments?

Star Trek 2 brings back Chris Pine as Captain Kirk along with his crew consisting of Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, John Cho as Sulu and Bruce Greenwood as Pike. It hits theaters on its recently announced release date of June 29th, 2012.

Super 8, written and directed by Abrams, debuts this summer on June 10th.

Source: Collider

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  1. I really hope he directs Star Trek 2, the first film was damn near perfect, haven’t enjoyed a cinema experience that much for years, and the disc has barely been out of my dvd player, although I can’t watch it anymore because my disc is actually signed by Simon Pegg! Good excuse to get the Blu Ray!

    • I agree with you, Dr. Beckett. His unique touch on ST was killer. The whole vibe of the movie was killer, and major reason for that was JJ. I want to see Abrams do what Christopher Nolan has done with his Batman “trilogy.”

      • I want to see more than just a trilogy though, I want Abrams to amke this sequel and then hand the reins over to another great director, I want this to be a proper franchise that keeps going, and hopefully paves the way for Trek to get back to TV one day.

        • AMEN to that Sam!! I miss having Trek on TV. I watched a TNG marathon on SyFy yesterday and realized how much I miss tuning into a new Trek story every week.

          • That’s exactly what I miss, I’m always going back to my DS9 boxsets or TOS, I want the films to have seperate stories each time, none of this connected forced trilogy nonsense. I see no reason they can’t make 10 films like they did last time.

            But TV is where Trek belongs and that’s where I’d like to see it back. But I worry that they will try and make it too much like SGU and BSG, dark and gritty, because Trek 09 proved that you can keep things light hearted and fun.
            The possibilities are quite literally endless. Come up with a whole new crew of characters, set in the new timeline somewhere (or somewhen) and just go for it!

  2. It’s a smart move on JJ’s part to wait until he sees the script before moving forward. After the Kurtzman/Orci duo began to generate some bad press, mainly after their Transformers 2 debacle, Abrams doesn’t want to put his career in the hands of anyone but himself especially after coming off some negative press after the cancellation of Undercovers.

    All Kurtzman and Orci have to do is deliver a solid script and I think Abrams will be all systems go.

  3. i hope jj abrams directs the next star trek film…but please get rid of simon pegg,his scotty was awful and easily the only thing wrong with the first film

    • He was a bit different than the Scotty I remember, played by Doohan, from the original show. In the movies, he was a bit more on the lighter side (Trek 3,4,5), and I’m assuming that’s what the writers were basing Pegg’s Scotty after. I didn’t mind the less serious Scotty but I would like to see more of the old Scotty in the next film.

      • I thought Simon Pegg as Scotty was awesome. I liked the humorous side of the character.

        • Same, but I didn’t like that “Wily Wonka” scene near the end. Completely useless and unneccesary.

  4. I also hope JJ Abrams will direct the Star Trek sequel and even more, I hope to see Pike (Bruce Greenwood)have a nice part to play in it.
    I absolutely LOVED Captain Pike!!

  5. I absolutely want him to direct the sequel, He has a great vison for the new series and truely had a great grasp on the characters that Gene had originally created. JJ has a great deal of respect for the project and it shows through with his first installment. i also cant wait to see the Super 8 trailer.

  6. I’m looking forward to both films his version of star trek is the only one I like out of all the films and the shows

  7. we all know how good Kurtzman and Orci truly are with sequels…………TF2: Rolling On The Floor. Hopefully they don’t screw this up.

  8. I too hope he directs ST2 but no matter what he needs to cut back on teh load as it looks like he’s over reached and some of his projects have suffered for it. Last ting ST needs is a poorly done sequel simply because JK is too busy to give it the neded attention. While the writing staff has just one fo the LOST series writing duo, JJ still needs to be involved so we don;t wind up with a space based version of LOST, with alot of “huh” and “what” by the end.

  9. I would love for JJ to direct the next Trek film. I thought that the last film was fantastic. One of my favorite films of the past 3-4 years. IF he’s too bust to do it, how cool would it be if Jon Favreau directed it?

    • That would be very cool indeed, maybe get him in to do a third film.

  10. Hey!!!!