J.J. Abrams Confirms Worst Kept Secret: Won’t Be Directing Star Trek Sequel

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In news that should be of no surprise to anyone plugged into the Internet, Collider has confirmed that multi-tasker producer and director J.J. Abrams will not be directing the next Star Trek movie.

During the interview, in which Abrams and Simon Pegg talk about the recent release of Star Trek Into Darkness for Blu-ray/DVD, it is asked of Abrams how it feels to move on from the iconic franchise he rebooted:

It’s a little bittersweet.  But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the 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 don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done.  We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility.  I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is. 

Now that you’ve gathered yourself from the floor from this massive bit of news that surprised no one, it will be interesting to see how the next film will be constructed. As he said, he is still a producer with Bad Robot and is working with screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to construct the next adventure of the USS Enterprise. Of course, his next task is to take on the Star Wars franchise for Disney, and he found a fun way to connect his travails into both science-fiction franchises with a very small easter egg in Star Trek Into Darkness. io9 has the Star Trek image that widened the eyes of all fanboys alike:

R2D2 in Star Trek 600x248 J.J. Abrams Confirms Worst Kept Secret: Wont Be Directing Star Trek Sequel

J.J. Abrams follows his idol Steven Spielberg in inserting everyone’s favorite droid into his films, as those with a keen eye have seen R2-D2 and C-3PO in Raiders of the Lost Ark. You can see R2 around the one hour and seventeen minute mark when the Vengeance attacks the Enterprise, so get your pause buttons ready.

Are you upset or glad that Abrams won’t be returning to direct? Who do you think should direct the third Star Trek film? Sound off in the comments section below!

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