J.J. Abrams officially signs on to direct 'Star Trek 2'
J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct "Star Trek 2," the sequel to his 2009 hit movie.
The creative mastermind remained tight-lipped about the project when he talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com in June, "We are hard at work on the script and I think we've got some amazing stuff, and hopefully we'll have something to talk about soon."
But according to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams is officially confirmed to direct. The first "Star Trek" movie earned $257 million domestically and over $385 million worldwide.
Screenwriters from the first film, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are writing the script with Abrams and producer Damon Lindelof, who told OnTheRedCarpet.com at San Diego Comic-Con that they had figured out what the story would be.
"Right now my days and nights are consumed by 'Star Trek 2,'" Lindelof told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at Comic-Con in July. "Finally the four creative minds that sort of made the first movie what it was are all back in a room together and I think that was the only way we wanted to do it and we have been doing it."
"I think that the bar is very high. We're not going to be satisfied with 'Oh this is fine,'" he added. "If an idea isn't mind-blowing, or super cool, or doesn't present the 'Star Trek' universe in a way that maybe people haven't seen before ... but you also sort of have to pay homage to the fans that have stuck with this amazing franchise for 40 years."
Lindelof revealed, "It's been very, very tricky but I think we've finally broken through and figured out what the movie is going to be."
The original cast, which includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are also set to reprise their roles in the film.
Last year, Pine, who plays James T. Kirk in the film, told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he would like a "shot" at Saldana in the film's sequel.
"I want at least one shot at Ms. Saldana. I mean please, please God have mercy," Pine joked to OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Rachel Smith, adding, "Maybe her in her little 'Avatar' outfit."
In the film, Saldana plays Uhura, who was last seen romantically linked to Zachary Quinto's Spock.
"When they tell me they have the dates ready [for 'Star Trek 2'], I will get ready,' Saldana told OnTheRedCarpet.com at a recent screening for her film "Colombiana" of her physical training schedule. "But I would much rather take a break and relax and enjoy the success, hopefully, of this movie and then I will be ready for 'Star Trek' and for 'Avatar,' when they come calling."
Abrams has kept busy since the first "Star Trek" film came out, working on his Fox series "Fringe" and directing, writing and producing the recent science fiction film "Super 8."
The Emmy-winning director got his start in film and television, writing "Armageddon" and co-creating shows like "Felicity," "Alias" and "Lost."
The untitled sequel was originally scheduled to come out in June 2012, but the film has been moved back to allow the writers more time to work on the script.