J.J. Abrams will stay on to develop Star Trek 3, Mission: Impossible 5 and future TV projects

JJ Abrams on the set of Star Trek

If you thought the announcement that J.J. Abrams would be directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII (go to Page 2 to see the full, official press release confirming he’ll be directing the film) meant that he’d have to let go of some of his other duties, then you’d be wrong.  In fact, the argument could be made that since officially accepting the Star Wars gig, J.J. Abrams has gotten even busier.  Let’s start with the touchy subject, which is Star Trek.  It turns out that J.J. Abrams will in fact be a producer on the third Star Trek movie, meaning he probably won’t direct, but will find someone he trusts to take over for him.  To be honest, I couldn’t see J.J. Abrams coming back for a third time anyway, so I doubt Star Wars had much to do with this.

The other franchise that J.J. Abrams has been closely associated with is Mission Impossible and it looks like he’ll stay close to that one as well.  While speaking to Hero Complex, Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore said: “J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another ‘Star Trek’.  If there’s one loser in the J.J. Abrams to Star Wars deal, it’s Paramount, who finally found a golden boy to give them some blockbusters.  But at least he’ll be staying on as producer for Star Trek and Mission Impossible.

But many of us also look forward to his TV projects, with ‘Fringe’ and ‘Lost’ being two of the best shows in the last several years.  It turns out he’ll continue developing TV projects, the next being ‘Believe’ with fellow director Alfonso Cuaron, about a girl with special powers who falls under the protection of a prison escapee trying to save her from the bad guys.  Sounds fun, but with the show slated to last 7 years, J.J. Abrams will need a better ending than what he had with ‘Lost’ (although I actually liked how he ended ‘Lost’).

Click here to see the official STAR WARS: EPISODE VII announcement

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