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J.J. Abrams confirms he will not direct Star Trek 3 but will help craft the story

Sep. 12, 2013by: Alex Maidy

We all assumed that duties on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII would keep J.J. Abrams from helming the follow-up to STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, but some fans and those in the cast have repeatedly said that they were holding out hope that Abrams would still return to the director's chair. It seemed unlikely that Abrams would leave the franchise entirely, but we didn't know the scope of his involvement, until now.

Speaking with IGN, Abrams shared his feelings on giving up control of STAR TREK 3:

[It is] a little bittersweet. Im going to be producing the [next] movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly dont want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone whos gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. Im very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is."

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS was successful enough to guarantee a third film and yet underwhelmed many fans of the series. The third film will need to truly impress audiences with something different from the first two movies if we expect the series to continue. With that in mind, Abrams did express that he would still be involved with crafting the plot and story for the third movie alongside Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

"It's too early to talk about details, but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next."

Abrams said very similar things after the first movie was a hit and all of the folks at Bad Robot follow Abrams code of silence when it comes to details. But, if their denial that the second film wouldn't be a remake of WRATH OF KHAN proved to be untrue, can we assume the third film will utilize any elements from THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK?

STAR TREK 3 is expected to hit theaters in late 2015 or Summer 2016.

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2:56PM on 09/14/2013

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1:26PM on 09/13/2013
Sounds good to me. I overall like Star Trek ID, it was a good time at the movies and I don't think it was quite the abomination of Trek canon as many fans make it out to be. I just had a hard time getting past some of the plot holes in the film. But frankly, I would like to see another director take the helm for the third movie, the universe in which to tell the story has been set, let's see what a fresh pair of eyes can do with the property. As far as a story is concerned, I would like to
Sounds good to me. I overall like Star Trek ID, it was a good time at the movies and I don't think it was quite the abomination of Trek canon as many fans make it out to be. I just had a hard time getting past some of the plot holes in the film. But frankly, I would like to see another director take the helm for the third movie, the universe in which to tell the story has been set, let's see what a fresh pair of eyes can do with the property. As far as a story is concerned, I would like to see them tackle something completely new, where it's this separate universe (or whatever), strike out on your own and tell your own tale in the Trek universe, don't worry about having to recreate the stories from the series and movies.
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8:14AM on 09/13/2013
"It's too early to talk about details, but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next."

Translation: We've been looking at old TOS episodes to see what really exciting ideas other, more talented, people had that we can fuck around with.
"It's too early to talk about details, but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next."

Translation: We've been looking at old TOS episodes to see what really exciting ideas other, more talented, people had that we can fuck around with.
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6:52AM on 09/13/2013

Brad bird or matt reeves for 3

And what is it with always whining about trilogies, what doesit matter if someone makes only 2 movies of a franchise
And what is it with always whining about trilogies, what doesit matter if someone makes only 2 movies of a franchise
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8:54AM on 09/13/2013
It's the consistency from beginning to end. You imagine how many fans would have flipped out if Nolan didn't come back to direct the last Dark Knight film?

I slightly agree with you though. As much as I loved the first Iron Man films, Iron Man 3 was my favorite and Black had alot to do with that.
It's the consistency from beginning to end. You imagine how many fans would have flipped out if Nolan didn't come back to direct the last Dark Knight film?

I slightly agree with you though. As much as I loved the first Iron Man films, Iron Man 3 was my favorite and Black had alot to do with that.
9:35PM on 09/12/2013

Would've loved a "Trek" trilogy from Abrams. On the plus side: No More Lens Flares!

This is really crappy news but at least it wasn't on as bad terms as when Bryan Singer left the X-Men franchise. (*That* fault lies w/ 20th C. Fox exec. Tom Rothman) & I'm 100% sure that "Star Trek 3" will be handled w/ more care & precision than that other 3rd - entry - turned - cinematic - abortion of a famous fantasy franchise.

*cough*X3:TheLastStand*cough*

I've been a fan of everything Abrams has been a part of so far (w/ LOST, Fringe & Super 8 above all) and I loved both the Trek
This is really crappy news but at least it wasn't on as bad terms as when Bryan Singer left the X-Men franchise. (*That* fault lies w/ 20th C. Fox exec. Tom Rothman) & I'm 100% sure that "Star Trek 3" will be handled w/ more care & precision than that other 3rd - entry - turned - cinematic - abortion of a famous fantasy franchise.

*cough*X3:TheLastStand*cough*

I've been a fan of everything Abrams has been a part of so far (w/ LOST, Fringe & Super 8 above all) and I loved both the Trek films he's done. Next to Chris Nolan & David Fincher...he's prob my favorite cinematic storyteller writing/directing these days. Can't wait for Episode 7.
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8:21PM on 09/12/2013
This sucks. I hate when directors leave trilogies after only directing two films and not coming back and finishing the third (looking at you Bryan Singer).

I'd rather much see him come back and finish Star Trek and let someone else direct the next new Star Wars film.
This sucks. I hate when directors leave trilogies after only directing two films and not coming back and finishing the third (looking at you Bryan Singer).

I'd rather much see him come back and finish Star Trek and let someone else direct the next new Star Wars film.
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6:31PM on 09/12/2013

KLINGONS, ROMULANS AND BORG, OH MY!

JJ set a bar, whether it be high or low, depending on whom you talk to and set a standard of how the new Star Trek is formulated. We've gotten a little taste of two of the biggest foes in the Star Trek universe so my guess is that it's time to either find another foe or reinvent an old one. Either way, I'm sure there will be plenty of lens flares and a multiple of twists to keep the more loyal fan base in attendance.
JJ set a bar, whether it be high or low, depending on whom you talk to and set a standard of how the new Star Trek is formulated. We've gotten a little taste of two of the biggest foes in the Star Trek universe so my guess is that it's time to either find another foe or reinvent an old one. Either way, I'm sure there will be plenty of lens flares and a multiple of twists to keep the more loyal fan base in attendance.
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6:28PM on 09/12/2013
I enjoyed a lot of what JJ did, but it is tim for someone else's take. Having just rewatched Into Darkness, I actually really liked it a lot until it went into it's remake of Khan ending. All that did was point out that the original was better and covered up a lot of fun stuff earlier in the movie.

If they're going to remake anything at this point, I'd like to see some remake of The Cage (the original pilot that was rejected), with Kirk as the prisoner in place of Pike and maybe Carol Marcus
I enjoyed a lot of what JJ did, but it is tim for someone else's take. Having just rewatched Into Darkness, I actually really liked it a lot until it went into it's remake of Khan ending. All that did was point out that the original was better and covered up a lot of fun stuff earlier in the movie.

If they're going to remake anything at this point, I'd like to see some remake of The Cage (the original pilot that was rejected), with Kirk as the prisoner in place of Pike and maybe Carol Marcus as the girl prisoner. The Enterprise has to abandon them on Talos as the Klingons show up/war breaks out or something. Kirk has to go through the Talosians "tests" in the different worlds they project to him in his cage and undergoes character development as the Enterprise has massive space battles with Klingon ships. What he sees in the cage could even remake classic Trek scenes like Kirk being pitted with a Gorn for a scene.

Real reason I want this is so Kirk could see would be an older version of himself, who guides the young Kirk with advice. Only real way to cameo Shatner in the role.
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5:50PM on 09/12/2013

Good Riddance

I, for one, couldn't be happier with his departure. His first 'Trek' film was solid, but flawed. His sequel was a mindnumbingly dumb film with plot holes and no character arcs for anyone (seriously, no one has moved forward from where they were at the end of the first film and this one). Hopefully, with Abrams taking a backseat his insulting "mystery box" BS will also go, as Abrams is worse than Shylaman when it comes to twists.
I, for one, couldn't be happier with his departure. His first 'Trek' film was solid, but flawed. His sequel was a mindnumbingly dumb film with plot holes and no character arcs for anyone (seriously, no one has moved forward from where they were at the end of the first film and this one). Hopefully, with Abrams taking a backseat his insulting "mystery box" BS will also go, as Abrams is worse than Shylaman when it comes to twists.
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5:37PM on 09/12/2013
Damn, I was hoping we'd at least get a Trek Trilogy from Abrams. All Paramount had to do was wait an extra year, but nope. Unless he's signed up with Disney to direct multiple Star Wars movies which would have him tied down for years and he can't let the cat out of the bag yet...
Damn, I was hoping we'd at least get a Trek Trilogy from Abrams. All Paramount had to do was wait an extra year, but nope. Unless he's signed up with Disney to direct multiple Star Wars movies which would have him tied down for years and he can't let the cat out of the bag yet...
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5:19PM on 09/12/2013

actually..

" their denial that the second film wouldn't be a remake of WRATH OF KHAN proved to be untrue,"

but it wasnt a remake of 'wrath of kahn' .. it was an 'alternative timeline' remake of the original series episode titled "space seed'
" their denial that the second film wouldn't be a remake of WRATH OF KHAN proved to be untrue,"

but it wasnt a remake of 'wrath of kahn' .. it was an 'alternative timeline' remake of the original series episode titled "space seed'
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5:41PM on 09/12/2013
Well, actually, it cherry picks from both that episode and 'Wrath Of Khan' (the whole finale is a bad imitation of that popular film).
Well, actually, it cherry picks from both that episode and 'Wrath Of Khan' (the whole finale is a bad imitation of that popular film).
4:45PM on 09/12/2013
After the direct misdirection of Into Darkness, I can't say I have anymore confidence in what Abrams says. The film was a more expensive failed imitation of Wrath of Khan. Benedict Cumberbatch deserved to be his own unique character, or at least Gary Mitchell (which honestly could have worked just as well as Khan).
After the direct misdirection of Into Darkness, I can't say I have anymore confidence in what Abrams says. The film was a more expensive failed imitation of Wrath of Khan. Benedict Cumberbatch deserved to be his own unique character, or at least Gary Mitchell (which honestly could have worked just as well as Khan).
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4:17PM on 09/12/2013
I think almost everyone knew this was coming when he announced that he would he helming the new Star Wars. I'm glad that he will still have a hand in it as it because of him that we have new wind in the sails of this dead franchise. I didn't even really consider Into Darkness a complete remake of Wrath of Khan as J.J.'s 1st movie had a lot of dialogue & some elements of Wrath in it as well. Not to mention, how can you have it be Wrath of Khan when this is the 1st meeting of Kirk & Khan? Not
I think almost everyone knew this was coming when he announced that he would he helming the new Star Wars. I'm glad that he will still have a hand in it as it because of him that we have new wind in the sails of this dead franchise. I didn't even really consider Into Darkness a complete remake of Wrath of Khan as J.J.'s 1st movie had a lot of dialogue & some elements of Wrath in it as well. Not to mention, how can you have it be Wrath of Khan when this is the 1st meeting of Kirk & Khan? Not mention the 1st meeting of Kirk & Dr. Marcus. There was no mention of the genesis project. Hell, the Klingons have just been introduced into this universe. So it had elements of Wrath in it. As aforementioned, so did the 1st flick & people didn't cry about that. From my viewpoint, J.J. was throwing al of that in for nostalgia & to try & keep established fans familiar with this new timeline & universe. I didn't think that he was trying to copy Wrath at all, though I can understand why some fans got upset. He also put R2-D2 in both movies, but that doesn't mean he was trying to recreate Episode 4 or introduce a crossover universe. He just did it as a fun tip of the hat for sci-fi fans everywhere. As a person that is kind of a Trekie myself, I was actually a bit put off with all of the backlash this film got from other Trekies. Not only is it just a good film, minus the lens flares, but it's a good 2nd part for this new Star Trek universe.
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5:46PM on 09/12/2013
Elements is one thing, and maybe I just am not up on my Trek enough, what was incorporated from 'Wrath' into the 2009 reboot?

More importantly, outright duplicating scenes word for word/ shot for shot isn't just incorpating some elements, it's full on trying to be it.
Elements is one thing, and maybe I just am not up on my Trek enough, what was incorporated from 'Wrath' into the 2009 reboot?

More importantly, outright duplicating scenes word for word/ shot for shot isn't just incorpating some elements, it's full on trying to be it.
4:12PM on 09/12/2013
Leonard Nimoy should direct.
Leonard Nimoy should direct.
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4:23PM on 09/12/2013
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4:23PM on 09/12/2013
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3:54PM on 09/12/2013

Ahh man that sucks

That sucks, I feel like he did a pretty good job with both movies. I'd like to see them do the Borg also.
That sucks, I feel like he did a pretty good job with both movies. I'd like to see them do the Borg also.
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3:47PM on 09/12/2013

Bring in THE BORG

Resistance is Futile!
Resistance is Futile!
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4:01PM on 09/12/2013
I would love for them to do a Borg movie. That would tie the two universes together.
I would love for them to do a Borg movie. That would tie the two universes together.
6:18PM on 09/12/2013
The very thought of using the Borg would cause a fanboy meltdown (as they didn't even know of humanity until TNG), but I'd actually quite welcome it in this alternate universe. They could easily explain it away that disruptions in the timeline or the destruction of Vulcan drew the Borg to the Alpha Quadrant and just go from there.

Some study of them and the main characters where everything Spock tries against them doesn't work because his logical line of thinking is more in line with theirs,
The very thought of using the Borg would cause a fanboy meltdown (as they didn't even know of humanity until TNG), but I'd actually quite welcome it in this alternate universe. They could easily explain it away that disruptions in the timeline or the destruction of Vulcan drew the Borg to the Alpha Quadrant and just go from there.

Some study of them and the main characters where everything Spock tries against them doesn't work because his logical line of thinking is more in line with theirs, while Kirk is effective as his moves aren't logical could be interesting.

It's not the worst thing they could do....
3:20PM on 09/12/2013
Probably a good thing. While J. J. Abrams did something great with his two Star Trek movies and laid the groundwork for a great franchise, I hope that future creators will be able to tell slightly more cerebral stories with the new universe (without merely mimicking the old films, like the last act of Into Darkness).
Probably a good thing. While J. J. Abrams did something great with his two Star Trek movies and laid the groundwork for a great franchise, I hope that future creators will be able to tell slightly more cerebral stories with the new universe (without merely mimicking the old films, like the last act of Into Darkness).
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3:11PM on 09/12/2013
How about Matt Reeves? They made for a great director/producer duo on Cloverfield. And though it didn't bring anything new to the table, Let Me In was an adequate, beautiful looking remake of the modern classic Let the Right One In.
How about Matt Reeves? They made for a great director/producer duo on Cloverfield. And though it didn't bring anything new to the table, Let Me In was an adequate, beautiful looking remake of the modern classic Let the Right One In.
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3:09PM on 09/12/2013
Is Abrams taking a leaf out of Lucas' hat and trying to hold onto too much? Bring in new talent and let their be a clear delineation between Star Trek and Star Wars. Starting to feel too muddled,

Would love to see the war between Federation and Klingons as the next movie.
Is Abrams taking a leaf out of Lucas' hat and trying to hold onto too much? Bring in new talent and let their be a clear delineation between Star Trek and Star Wars. Starting to feel too muddled,

Would love to see the war between Federation and Klingons as the next movie.
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3:04PM on 09/12/2013
you klingon bastard you killed my son!
all we know for certain is that is BLANK definitely not playing BLANK
did anyone else notice that halfway through STID like all the new characters changed suddenly their name to wrath of khan character names?
you klingon bastard you killed my son!
all we know for certain is that is BLANK definitely not playing BLANK
did anyone else notice that halfway through STID like all the new characters changed suddenly their name to wrath of khan character names?
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2:49PM on 09/12/2013

Well if there's one thing in common between Search for Spock & 3 is

Klingons for villains. Because that's the next villain down that General Audiences have heard of.
Klingons for villains. Because that's the next villain down that General Audiences have heard of.
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