While at a Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour party, J.J. Abrams spoke about his projects past and present and his thoughts regarding the Star Trek sequel.
Star Trek XII will begin filming this summer and the fans are curious to know whether Abrams will be sitting in the director’s chair again.
Abrams is still undecided, and he explained what he needs to be able to make the decision whether to direct Star Trek XII, or to give it a pass. “I guess the idea [is] not wanting to choose to direct a film, for which I’ve not read a script,” he said. “It’s a tough decision to make without seeing any pages.”
Faith in the writers is not a problem. Abrams would like to return, and if the script is right, it appears that he might say yes to Star Trek XII. “That’s not to say that I don’t have all the faith in the world in the spectacular writers. Damon Lindelof, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are awesome. My hope is that they’ll write the script, it will be great and we can make a fun, exciting sequel to Star Trek.”
Abrams spoke about a recent project of his, Undercovers, and why he felt the show did not catch on with audiences. “I’ve got to say, I feel like it was unfortunate,” he said. “Of course, I completely blame myself for the entire thing. The conceit of the show was to do a much more frivolous, fun show, but ultimately, I think it was just too frivolous and too simple, and we didn’t go deep enough. We were really desperately trying to stay away from mythology and complexity and intensity and too much serious, dark storytelling and, ultimately, that’s not necessarily what I do best. I think audiences felt that it was a little bit lacking. I see that and completely take responsibility for its failing.”
The future seems to be bright for Abrams, with many projects in the works. “We have a few projects,” he said. “We have a show for Fox called Alcatraz, that starts shooting on the nineteenth, which I could not be more excited about. And, we have a show for CBS called Person of Interest, that Jonah Nolan wrote. We have Odd Jobs for NBC. And we have a new script called Pulp, that was written by Alison Schapker and Monica Breen. That’s a spectacular script. We’re about to go out with that.”