Took long enough, but The Hollywood Reporter tells us J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct the next Star Trek installment, currently titled Star Trek XI: Kirk and Spock Sitting in a Tree. Kidding, of course -- right now all we have is Star Trek XI, and a story that revolves around Kirk and Spock's first meeting at the Starfleet Academy, as well as their first mission together. Apparently, the deal for Abrams to direct was finalized last night. (And, it goes to show you that "official internet scoop" is not always correct.)
I'm not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing for you Trekkies out there. On one hand, Abrams and his crew are huge Trek fans, they've poured a lot into the project and will probably work their asses off to produce the most exciting film they can. Then again, it's been said (by Abrams) that this Star Trek is not for the fans. It will most likely be a straight-forward, easy-to-understand action adventure pic that will probably be compared to Mission Impossible 3 (or an episode of Alias) once the reviews start hitting the streets.
Now that we know Abrams is directing (and now that that's out of the way), we can finally get down to business: Who will play Kirk and Spock? Will Matt Damon's name be mentioned again? Will they go for unknowns? Knowing Abrams -- and since this is an extemely high-profile flick meant to reboot the entire franchise -- those they get to play the leads will be very familiar. Thoughts? Reactions?