Despite having recently been named as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, JJ Abrams will continue to develop new Mission: Impossible and Star Trek movies for Paramount, according to one of the company’s senior executives.
Paramount’s Vice Chairman Rob Moore told the LA Times: “JJ will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek.”
Moore indicated that Abrams would be involved with the inevitable second Trek sequel “at the minimum as a producer, if not directing the film.”
Industry commentators predict that Abrams’ involvement with new Trek and M:I movies will mirror his involvement with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and see him handpicking directors and helping to outline the broader strokes of each film’s story.
Abrams, 46, is currently completing work on Star Trek Into Darkness, the second Trek film he’s made since rebooting the franchise in 2009. It will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 17 May.