Great news for 'Star Trek' reboot fans: J.J. Abrams is expected to return as director for the sequel.
The director tells Moviefone, "We're working on the script and as soon as I'm done with 'Super 8,' that's the next thing we're focusing on. Hopefully we'll have a script soon and be able to get that movie going." He says, "I'm producing for sure and hope to direct," but that it all depends on the script.
According to Deadline, there's also some potential bad news: Paramount may move 'Star Trek 2' back to a holiday 2012 release, instead of the announced date of June 29, 2012.
'Trek's three writers -- Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof -- are so in demand, they haven't had a chance to get far on the script. On the fan site Trekmovie.com, Orci said this week that they have only a 70-page outline at this stage.
Orci has been busy on 'Cowboys & Aliens,' Kurtzman directed 'Welcome to People,' (starring 'Trek's Captain Kirk, Chris Pine) and Lindelof has been working on a massive rewrite of Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus.'
Pine's availability is also an issue: He's slated to take over the Jack Ryan series, which was just pushed back for the very same issue as 'Trek 2,' lack of a finished script. Which film he'll shoot first likely depends on which screenplay is finished first.