Since taking the reigns of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has seemed very unlikely, if not impossible, that J.J. Abrams would have time to also helm Star Trek 3 as well. Now, after a lot of hemming and hawing, he has finally confirmed that. That’s good news for Trek-loving Abrams haters, but the Star Wars-loving Abrams haters are still stuck with him for at least one movie.
Abrams broke the news that seemed inevitable to Collider while promoting the Blu-ray/DVD release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The general consensus was that there was no way Abrams would be able to direct both projects, especially since Episode VII is effectively launching a new era in Star Wars history, courtesy of the Disney buyout and their ambitious plans for the franchise. Asked about how he felt about passing the director’s chair to someone else, Abrams replied:
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.