Whenever the name J.J Abrams comes up now a days, the first things most fans probably think of is Star Wars: Episode VII. From the moment he was revealed to be the man responsible for bringing us the sci-fi sequel, focus has shifted away from his Star Trek series of films back into a galaxy far, far away. But though Abrams is knee deep in Wars right now, that doesn’t mean he’s completely dropped the Star Trek franchise—he remains a producer on the Star Trek 3, and will assumingly still be around to help this series boldly go into the future. But according to one of his former cast members, Abrams might even be more involved than that—apparently, he’s still hoping to direct Star Trek 3 himself.
Now granted, I wouldn’t take this as an official statement or anything. The news comes from a website called Buzzhub, which I’ve never heard of before and ones through a wordpress domain name (seriously guys, get your own dot com!) According to them, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto was attending the 2013 Galway Film Fleadh, which is a film festival in Ireland apparently (once again, I hadn’t heard of this before). During a special public interview, Quinto said the following about the development of Star Trek 3, and how it’s planned to approach cameras next year:
Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.
But honestly, that’s not the big news of this piece—the real killer is something Quinto mentioned oft handedly towards the end of the interview—that J.J Abrams was hoping on still helming the third film. Now once again, I’m not sure how official this is (Buzzhub barely mentions it, and claims that Quinto did not “elaborate” on it during the interview), but this is interesting to talk about nonetheless. No one knows quite what Abrams intends to do with the Trek franchise—if Paramount indeed wants to have the film hit cameras next year, it’s clearly impossible for Abrams to tackle Star Trek 3—Episode VII itself will be filming around that time. So unless Paramount plans to wait on Abrams, I doubt he’ll be able to come back even if he wanted to. That said, Paramount waited on Abrams for Super 8—could they do the same for Star Wars?
It’s possible but, even if they did, I’m not so sure Abrams would want to go from Trek to Wars back to Treks. Not only is that a lot of time to devote to two franchises, but I’m not sure if J.J would want to take on the massive amount of work required for both films. Mark my words—J.J Abrams won’t direct Star Trek 3. No matter what Zachary Quinto might have oft handedly suggested.