LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Starship Enterprise
finally has a new captain.
After months of speculation, "Mission: Impossible III"
director J.J. Abrams has signed on to shoot the next
installment of the "Star Trek" feature franchise, sources said
"Star Trek XI" revolves around a young James T. Kirk and
Mr. Spock, chronicling their first meeting at Starfleet Academy
and their first space mission. The previous film in the series,
the 2002 box office bomb, "Star Trek: Nemesis," was directed by
Stuart Baird, and starred Patrick Stewart.
Abrams, the prolific co-creator/executive producer of
"Lost" and director of last year's "M:I III," has been
developing the project through his Paramount-based Bad Robot
shingle as a producer and writer.
But Abrams did not commit to directing the project until
Friday evening, when the deal was finalized, sources said.