J.J. Abrams says goodbye to directing Star Trek

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Simon Pegg and J.J. Abrams pose together at the Star Trek premiere.

Star Trek Into Darkness was certainly successful enough for Spock to “live long and prosper” in a third flick, but what really worried internet users was J.J. Abrams announcing he’d direct Star Wars: Episode VII. After all, if the same director was in charge of Star Wars and Star Trek, wouldn’t the universe implode? So, while the internet hoped it was all just a silly “what if” rumor, J.J. Abrams has now crushed Trekkie hopes and dreams by confirming he won’t direct the next Star Trek.

“It’s a little bittersweet. But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the 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,” he told the website Collider. “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.”

We know Abrams is abandoning Captain Kirk for Obi-Wan Kenobi, but at least he’ll be around to help with production! Besides, if Star Trek cast members are supporting his decision, then there’s nothing to lose. “It’s gonna be strange because J.J. is such a part of it, but his stamp will be very much on it,” said Star Trek actor Simon Pegg, who played the Scottish engineer, Montgomery Scott. “And whoever he gets to direct it will be someone he trusts implicitly. We’ve also got each other, as well. The whole cast is very united. It will be interesting.”

Okay, so I guess they are losing their director… but gaining a producer.

Images courtesy of Star Trek Facebook.