New “Star Trek” film adventure begins 12/25/2008

The countdown to the new Star Trek film adventure has officially begun. Paramount Pictures announced several details behind the eleventh Star Trek movie today, including a release date of December 25, 2008. The studio also confirmed recent reports that J.J. Abrams will direct the feature.

The working title for the movie is Star Trek XI, though the Roman numeral will likely be dropped by the time of release.

“If there’s something I’m dying to see, it’s the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry’s world brought back to the big screen,” said Abrams, best known for creating Lost and Alias. His first movie as a director, last year’s Mission: Impossible III, was also based on a classic 1960’s television series.

The writing team behind Mission: Impossible III, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, wrote Star Trek XI. “(The screenplay) embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone—life-long fans and the uninitiated,” Abrams said in the same press release.

Filming begins this fall. “I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek,” said Abrams. Below are crew details from today’s announcement. This is the first Star Trek project for all involved. A cast has not yet been set.

Star Trek XI
Director J.J. Abrams
Screenplay Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof
Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Bryan Burk

Primary Information Source J.J Abrams to direct STAR TREK feature film for Paramount Pictures, in theaters Christmas Day 2008