J.J. Abrams is Committed to Start Shooting 'Star Trek 2' This Winter
Back in July came somewhat of a confirmed update that J.J. Abrams, the director who quite successfully rebooted the Star Trek franchise in 2009, would be returning to direct the sequel, but the proposed summer 2012 release date was being pushed back to allow for a non-rushed completion of the script. Since then Abrams has skirted the issue of confirming his return to the director's chair. But now apparently Vulture has learned Abrams is fully committed to shooting the sequel himself, pre-production is underway, the script will be finished by the end of the month, and the film will begin shooting this winter.
Apparently most of the delay on the script is due to Alex Kurtzman (who co-wrote the first film with Robert Orci) finishing his first directing effort Welcome to People. But apparently the film is complete and now Kurtzman is back on the Star Trek boat, working hard to finish the script. Frankly, this confirmation is merely a formality as we've always assumed that Abrams would return for the Star Trek sequel, especially after taking a break from the franchise with Super 8. However, after this installment, I wouldn't be surprised if he hands the reigns to someone else and concentrates on more original films.