Finally It's Confirmed: J.J. Abrams Directing Star Trek XI
by Alex Billington
February 24, 2007
After months of off and on rumors about J.J. Abrams directing Star Trek XI, confirmation has finally come from Hollywood Reporter. The buzz on this is spreading like a virus around the internet, eliciting hopes that Abrams won't ruin the franchise and that the creator of "Lost" may bring a triumphant return to the beloved series. The 11th installment will actually be a prequel to the original television series and the first movie, as it follows the first meeting of a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock at Starfleet Academy and their first space mission. No other details or casting information has been announced, but keep watch here on FS.net as it all unveils. It's currently set to open on July 2nd, 2008.
The reports say that the deal with Abrams was officially signed just last Friday. Also part of the rumor mill for this film is that Matt Damon was supposedly going to play Captain Kirk, but that rumor has since been debunked and just about every other male actor has been rumored to be in the talks for either Kirk or Spock as well.
Update: The release date has been set as December 25th, Christmas Day, 2008.