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.
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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.