After months… No, make that years of "Will He Or Won't He?" Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has finally committed to directing Star Trek 2. Or possibly Star Trek 12. Or Star Trek: Insert Subtitle Here. Whatever. It's happening. Our long national nightmare is over.
Vulture reports that J.J. Abrams, who busied himself with Super 8 most recently, is finally ready to start pre-production. The script will reportedly be finished in about a month, and shooting should commence sometime this winter. We'd say we were concerned about getting the whole cast back together, but frankly most of them haven't capitalized on the success of the first film in any meaningful way. Simon Pegg's always pretty busy, but seriously, when was the last time you saw Zachary Quinto in anything? And it's not like Zoe Saldana's an A-List star with tons of new offers after Columbiana failed to make an impression on… Well, anyone.
They also claim that the holdup, or at least the most recent holdup, was co-writer Alex Kurtzman. Apparently he's been holed up in an editing room finishing his directorial debut Welcome to the People, about a guy whose father dies and must deliver a $150,000 inheritance to an alcoholic sister and nephew he didn't know existed, even though he really just wants to keep it for himself. It's got a pretty good cast too, including Star Trek's Chris Pine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Favreau, Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde. But apparently Kurtzman's done now, and free to finish the script with Roberto Orci in what we have once again been told is scheduled to be about month.
Ah… Sweet Khan-text.
CraveOnline will be back with more Star Trek 2 news if we have the power. Scottie…? Can we get an update on that?