J.J. Abrams directing “Star Trek XI”

Despite rumors to the contrary that have been floating around for weeks, though never reported on this site, it turns out that J.J. Abrams will indeed be directing the next Star Trek film. In 2006, Paramount signed him aboard as producer and writer with the option to direct.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that Abrams inked the deal to direct the film on Friday. It is tentatively scheduled for a Christmas 2008 release. Paramount’s official Star Trek site also announced the news today, citing the same article.

Abrams, best known for creating Lost and Alias, also directed Mission: Impossible III for Paramount. In the Star Trek movies, Abrams follows in the directorial footsteps of Robert Wise, Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, David Carson, Jonathan Frakes, and Stuart Baird.

The Star Trek films have had varying degrees of critical and financial success, but have brought in over $755 million in unadjusted, US box office revenues. The move to Abrams marks a new beginning for the film franchise, which had been under the control of producer Rick Berman since 1994.

Primary Information Sources
The Hollywood Reporter: Abrams takes helm of ‘Star Trek’
StarTrek.com: Abrams will direct ‘Star Trek XI’