J.J. Abrams Still Unsure About Directing the Star Trek Sequel
And he's not directing Mission: Impossible 4 either! So what will J.J. Abrams be directing next (that's not a TV show)? Last night, Paramount held a party for the premiere of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek on DVD and Blu-Ray (Amazon). ComingSoon caught up with Abrams briefly and asked him about a couple of projects currently in the works. As usual, he didn't reveal much about any of the projects, but did reply with a rather interesting answer when asked if he'd decided whether he'd return to direct the Star Trek sequel. Everyone still believes he'll return, but his answer wasn't a definite yes, and it sounds like we won't know for a while.
"The truth is, the idea of anyone else directing the next Star Trek film breaks my heart. I had the most fun ever with these people. But, it's impossible to know when the script is done. That's the time to look at it and ask, 'Is this the right thing for the movie? Is it the right thing for me? My family?' and all that stuff. It's so hard to know a year out with no script in existence if I should direct the movie. I look forward to making that decision when the time comes."
He's right about one thing - there's no one else that I want to direct the next Star Trek sequel than J.J. Abrams. Although, if I have to bring this up as well, I thought the same about Michael Bay directing Transformers 2 and, well, look how that turned out. However, it would be wrong to compare Abrams and Bay, especially because I think Abrams would do an amazing job directing a sequel. We've heard plenty of ideas about where the story might go, but just knowing Abrams is on-board I'd feel completely confident again. Who knows when we'll know if he's back? And who would be a suitable replacement (if anyone)?