Not too often do you hear about Variety getting a little too ... enthusiastic with a particular scoop, but Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams has taken mild exception to the magazine's report on the filmmaker's involvement on Star Trek 11. Across the virtual pond at Empire Online, Mr. Abrams (who's also given the world TV treats like Felicity, Alias, and Lost, none of which I watch but am told are quite ... good) maintains that while he has been tapped to act as producer on a new Trek, he only has the 'option' to direct -- and apparently he's not quite sure if he wants to just yet.

"The whole thing was reported entirely without our cooperation," says the director with a hint of regret. "People learned that I was producing a Star Trek film, that I had an option to direct it, they hear rumours of what the thing was going to be and ran with a story that is not entirely accurate."

So maybe Varietyjumped with the story a bit more expeditiously than J.J. would have liked -- but I don't exactly see a denial between those quotation marks. Plus, news is news, right? It's all academic anyway: Even the smallest bread crumb of Star Trek 11 news will be picked up and reported on every website from Philly to Chile, so stay tuned, Spock-fans.

And yes, J.J. Abrams still wrote Gone Fishin'.
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