Abrams Objects To Inaccurate Reporting On Trek XIBy Michelle
April 26, 2006 - 9:01 PM
J.J. Abrams, who will be producing the upcoming eleventh Star Trek film, refused to comment on whether rumours that it would deal with Kirk and Spock at Starfleet Academy were accurate and even suggested that he might not be helming the film himself.
"The whole thing was reported entirely without our cooperation," said Abrams to Empire. "People learned that I was producing a Star Trek film, that I had an option to direct it, they hear rumours of what the thing was going to be and ran with a story that is not entirely accurate."
Abrams added that those involved in the production had "made a pact not to discuss any specifics" of the story. StarTrek.com had claimed that the story would center around Kirk and Spock's first meeting and their first adventure together in space. Empire noted that Abrams is a fan of the original series and quoted him as saying, "Those characters are so spectacular. I just think that...you know, they could live again."
StarTrek.com had cited Daily Variety and "sources at Paramount Pictures" in their statement that Abrams would direct as well as produce the upcoming eleventh feature film. Abrams, who is directing MI3 - the first film to utilise the soundstages at Paramount long reserved for Star Trek series from The Next Generation through Enterprise - had spoken briefly months ago about his ambition to be involved in a Star Trek movie to Now Playing Magazine.
"I will happily get involved in any new incarnations of anything that Leonard Nimoy was involved in. And that’s all I'll say about that," Abrams declared. Pressed about whether he would only be interested in Star Trek if Nimoy were personally involved, Abrams replied, "I think he's too busy doing those commercials now."