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JJ Abrams to direct Star Trek movie

26/02/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Star Trek is set to return to the big screen under the creative vision of J.J. Abrams, the force behind Lost, Alias and Mission Impossible III for Paramount Pictures.

The team behind the film will include Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Mission Impossible III) who wrote the screenplay and will executive produce with Bryan Burk. J.J. Abrams and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce. The film will begin shooting this fall for a Christmas Day 2008 release.

Star Trek has encompassed 726 total episodes for television in six different series, beginning with the original 1966-1969 series created by Gene Roddenberry. The 10 Star Trek films have grossed in excess of $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The original characters have been named among the 50 greatest TV characters of all time and the Enterprise has lent its name to two proposed spacecrafts.

"If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen," Abrams told SFcrowsnest. "Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone - life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek."

Brad Grey, chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures, added, "We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with J.J. Abrams. The revival of the 'Star Trek' franchise is an important part of Paramount's turnaround."d86

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