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After seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, I was certainly confused. I'm still not sure if it was really quite good, or really quite terrible. It's definitely one of the two. It seems director might be pretty confused too, although for a completely different reason. Speculation is mounting that the Star Trek and Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens director will have to ditch one of his upcoming scifi epics to make way for the other.

As you'd expect, Abrams seems to be prioritizing his direction of Disney's Star Wars: Episode VII (and who can blame him), which has led to suggestions he will have to abandon ship for Star Trek Beyond. At the end of April, Abrams still seemed relatively committed to the project. In a Playboy interview he explained:

I would say it's a possibility. We're trying to figure out the next step. But it's like anything: It all begins with the story.

However, it seems with every passing interview, Abrams' dedication to Star Trek 3 erodes. In last week's interview with The New York Times, Abrams seemed much more pessimistic about his chances of directing Star Trek 3. According to the NYT:

He said it was unlikely that Paramount would wait another four years for such a film, in which case his 'Star Wars' schedule would likely conflict with it.

The unwillingness of Paramount to wait until Abrams' schedule is free from commitment seems to be the main crux of the issue. Abrams is perhaps one the busiest directors currently working in Hollywood. As well as directing his own projects, he also producers countless others through his Bad Robot studio.

Even his producer partner, Bryan Burk, is unsure what will happen. What's for certain is that Paramount seem desperate to get him confirmed for Star Trek 3, but only on their timescale. Burk explained:

I would routinely get calls from the studio asking for confirmation that he was directing the movie,. And we never really confirmed it. We just kept going forward.

What do you think? Should Paramount wait until Star Wars: Episode 7 is in the can, or should they start looking for a new Star Trek helmer. Give me your suggestions below.


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