It’s been a topsy-turvy few months for fans of both the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises. On the Star Trek end of the spectrum, there has been wild and fervid internet speculation as to whether or not director J.J. Abrams would commit the supposed sacrilege of rebooting the classic Trek villain Khan for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness (still no answer on that one). And Star Wars fans have been nail-biting over the fact that Disney bought the franchise and announced Star Wars: Episode VII would be coming in 2015, leading the entire internet to discover who would direct said film. Those two sects finally converged last week when it was announced that J.J. Abrams himself would direct the new Star Wars film—something that would leave his stewardship of Trek in jeopardy, as well as possibly delay the new Star Wars.
/Film notes today that while Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, is confident that Abrams will stay connected with both Star Trek and the Mission Impossible franchises, it will likely be as a producer for Star Trek 3 only, as time will simply not allow Abrams to hop back and forth from one gigantically expensive and epic space franchise to another.
Moreover, /Film notes that while Abrams has committed to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, he has not committed to the announced 2015 release date—meaning that fans may have to couch their expectations somewhat, as it may be closer to summer 2016 before they have a chance to revisit a galaxy far, far away.
What do you think of the JJ Abrams news?