Abrams for Star Trek sequel

During the week, Deadline reported that now that JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias, Super 8) has finished dealing with the launch to his new film, Super 8, he is moving towards making a proper commitment to Star Trek 2, the sequel to the reboot which came out in 2009 starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

But  it appears from what has been said that there is very little certainty surrounding the release date of the sequel which is due to star the original cast including Pine, Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Zoe Saldana. Paramount Pictures have provided the date, June 29, 2012 but it is looking like they may end up giving that slot to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel that will be directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.

Abrams has returned to the studio to sit down with the writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to work on the script and are due to begin prepping for production in January and, if this is the case, then the release date will be shifted for the fourth quarter of 2012 or summer 2013. Abrams hasn’t formally committed and hasn’t approved a script yet, but the studio has exercised its option on the cast and they will be ready when Abrams is.

Looking forward to the Star Trek sequel? Or do you think Abrams has taken on enough this year with executive producing two of the most eagerly awaited television shows of 2011’s Fall season, CBS’s Person of Interest and FOX’s Alcatraz, both shows of which have several cast and production links with Lost. Do you think we are going to see a decline in quality if Abrams stretches himself too thin?

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