J.J Abrams seems like the busiest man in Hollywood. Thursday morning during a promotional appearance for the release of his franchise relaunch for Star Trek, he updated reporters on what's next for him. "Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman are running Fringe very well. We're still very involved in that, but they're running that," he said of the popular sci-fi series. "We have a new series that we just sold to NBC that we're going to be producing. It's a pilot. And, there's a movie that I'm writing that I would love to direct, early next year, so we'll see if that comes to fruition."
In addition to his television work, Abrams highlighted a few of the projects he's working on in the next several months both as a producer and director. "There's a movie called Morning Glory, that's coming out next year, with Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton, that's being edited now. Roger Michell directed that. And, we're obviously hard at work on Star Trek 2 and Mission: Impossible 4. There's a lot that we're working on."
When asked whether he might reunite with Trek star Leonard Nimoy again, albeit to reprise a role in a film adaptation of a different iconic 1960s TV series, Mission: Impossible, Abrams said, "How cool would that be? I just got a call that Peter Graves is in great shape, which would be a very bizarre bend in the space-time continuum, for obvious reasons. I almost feel like you could make him serious again and bringing him back. Whether it's Nimoy, who I have an incredible affinity for, or Graves, or anyone, we'll see."
Abrams also said he previously tried to bring in some of the other cast members for M:I – III, to no avail, although it made for a memorable experience after finishing the film. "I actually tried to get Martin Landau in Mission III, in a very small little moment just for fun, and was told that he had no interest in doing it. But then, when I met him, after the movie came out, it was the greatest thing. We were at this restaurant in New York, for one of the TV Upfront parties, and someone introduced me to Landau. They took me over and Martin Landau came over to me, extended his hand, and pretended to pull his face off like a mask. That was the greatest thing I'd ever seen."
Star Trek is being released on DVD and Blu-ray November 17, 2009.