JJ Abrams is to direct the much anticipated Star Trek sequel according to industry Insiders who have been speaking with New York Magazine.
The 45-year-old director rebooted the Star Trek franchise in 2009 with a brand new and younger cast including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto; the movie received both commercial and critical success including an OSCAR win for Best make-up. Pre-production is already underway, with the script due to be completed by the end of the month (September 2011) and filming beginning in the winter. Fans have been left in limbo since the movie was released in 2009 as Abrams had refused to comment on the possibilities of a sequel or even that he would return to the director’s chair. However, it is understood that the delay was caused by writer Alex Kurtzman, who wrote the script for the first movie was busy with other commitments such as directing his debut movie. But now that his project is completed he has once again teamed up with Abrams and is due to complete the new script.
Born in New York but raised in Los Angeles J.J. Abrams is the son of movie and TV producer Gerald W. Abrams. He first began his career in the movie world at the age of 16 when he wrote the musicfor science-fiction horror movie Nightbeast. He later moved onto bigger budget movies helping to producer blockbusters such as Armageddon, Mission Impossible:III and Cloverfield. He is currently working on new movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol due for release in 2011 which sees TomCruise reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt.