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Paramount comments on JJ Abrams involvement in future STAR TREK & MISSION IMPOSSIBLE films now that he is set to direct EPISODE VII

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The revelation that JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode VII was met with equal parts joy, outrage, and confusion by the fan community, as one man will now be crossing the streams of Star Wars and Star Trek.

With anticipation for Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness at a fever pitch, Paramount is likely eager to get a third Star Trek film into production sooner rather than later. The studio’s vice chairman has now spoken up to ease fans’ concern over Abrams’ other franchises, clarifying the filmmaker’s role in Star Trek 3 and Mission: Impossible 5 going forward.

Speaking with Hero Complex, Paramount Vice Chariman Rob Moore seems confident that Abrams will still be heavily involved with the studio’s other franchises:

“J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek.”

Moore notes that Abrams will be involved with the inevitable Trek 3 “at the minimum as a producer, if not also directing the film,” though with Star Wars: Episode VII set to hit theaters in 2015, It’s doubtful that Paramount will want to wait that long before Abrams can be fully committed to developing another Trek sequel to direct. His involvement with Trek 3 will likely mirror his role on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Which was to help with the broader story and handpick the director. That said, Abrams did wait four years in between the first Trek and Into Darkness, so it’s also conceivable that he could return to helm Trek 3.

We should keep in mind, though, that Star Wars: Episode VII will be no easy task—especially with that targeted 2015 release date looming. Abrams will likely have less time to devote to his other producorial efforts, so don’t expect him to have a heavy hand in anything other than Star Wars for the next two years. In the meantime, Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D on May 17th.

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