We've finally gotten our heads around directing Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. As expected, reactions were a mixed bag, but for fans of Abrams' Star Trek franchise, the big question is, what now? Is he going to abandon the Enterprise for the Millenium Falcon?
Answer: No. Not exactly.
At least that's what Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore assures us. The LA Times reports that the studio head has publicly said that Star Trek Into Darkness director will still be involved with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. If he's not back in the director's chair, he's definitely committed to produce another Star Trek.
This probably comes as a relief to Nu-Trek fans and the studio alike. A total team-switch to Disney-LucasFilm would not only be a massive blow for the burgeoning Trek frachise that's built on Abrams' popularity, but also for Paramount, with whom Abrams has done the bulk of his work since 2006's Mission Impossible III.
So which is it going to be then -- directing or producing? Considering that Abrams has both Episode VII and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation in development, it's looking less likely that he'll direct. This leaves Abrams associates (Transformers), (Prometheus, LOST), (Transformers) or even (Cloverfield) on the shortlist of potential takers.
Would a Star Trek Beyond without Abrams behind the camera be the same? Let us know in the comments.