There's been a flurry of activity online today which stems from a Variety article that claims J.J. Abrams is "set to direct" Star Trek XI. So, of course, everyone has jumped at the chance to report the news -- keep in mind, up until this point, J.J. Abrams was only attached as a producer, not director. Awhile back, he claimed to be waiting until a script was finished before making a decision, and so when Variety wrote that one little line, folks took that as confirmation from the Abrams camp that he would indeed be directing. And where did this whole thing come from originally?
Well, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman was speaking about Paramount, and somewhere in his speech he mentioned that Star Trek would return to the big screen for its 11th installment in either 2008 or 2009. He also added, "We're revitalizing it in a new and interesting way." And so, Variety threw in a little line underneath about Abrams directing, which some folks took as something Dauman stated (which he didn't).
What does it all mean? Absolutely nothing. TrekMovie.com claims to have spoken with someone inside Paramount who claims Abrams still isn't attached to direct and, regarding the blurb in Variety, they (meaning this person inside Paramount, not all of Paramount) claim it's nothing but "lazy journalism". With production set to begin this spring (according to Abrams himself), why hasn't the man made a decision yet? He's obviously working closely with screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and so he has to be pretty far inside the loop to be able to say yay or nay. Your thoughts?