It has been assumed for a while that J.J. Abrams was not going to be directing Star Trek III. Taking on Star Wars Episode VII seemed like a big enough task that the much sought after director would be far too busy to do both. What we didn't know until earlier today is whether or not Abrams would be attached to the third iteration of the reboot film series in any way.
It turns out that the man who most recently helmed "Into Darkness" will still have his fingerprints on the franchise. J.J. Abrams spoke to IGN.com today and talked about his reduced yet still present role with the third flick.
[It is] a little bittersweet. I’m going to be producing the [next] movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is."
Abrams will still be involved in crafting the plot and guiding the story, he simply will not be doing it from the director's chair. That may be both good and bad news for Star Trek fans. There was quite a bit of outcry that "Star Trek: Into Darkness" was far too dark and far too violent to be included in the franchise.
"Star Trek 3" is expected to hit theaters at the end of 2015 or the summer of 2016.