STAR TREK 3 Looking to Hire THOR Writers; Is J.J. Abrams Dropping out of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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As long as Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are attached to write new Star Trek movies, I have no faith in the franchise.  While they’ll likely be on board in some capacity for years to come (sigh), it looks like a new writing duo is coming on board for Star Trek 3.  According to Badass Digest, screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) are close to a done deal on penning the next Star Trek movie.  Miller and Stentz are in the Bad Robot family from their work as writers and producers on Fringe, and their Trek bonafides are marginally boosted by their work on Andromeda, a series based on unused material by the late Gene Roddenberry.

Hit the jump for more including the rumor that J.J. Abrams might drop out of directing Star Wars: Episode VII.

alex_kurtzman_and_bob_orciBefore you get too excited about new writers joining Star Trek 3, Badass reports that Orci and Kurtzman are still attached as writers, and they were “instrumental” in pushing for Miller and Stentz.  The level of Orci and Kurtmzan’s involvement in the script is unknown, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they had some input into the story (“How about the Enterprise goes back in time to save…um…dolphins!”).  Paramount reportedly wants the movie in theaters by 2016 to mark Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, so work on the script is expected to commence very soon.

In a marginally related story, Star Wars: Episode VII may need a new director.  Badass Digest is hearing rumors from multiple sources that Abrams is close to dropping out of the highly anticipated sequel.  Abrams protested against shooting the movie in England (presumably because he didn’t want to be away from his family for so long), but was overruled by the studio.  Although this decision wasn’t recent, the rumors of his leaving the project continue to percolate.  Badass says these rumors will merit more serious consideration if there’s no announcement of any kind at Germany’s Star Wars celebration regarding Episode VII and Abrams isn’t present.  It’s worth noting that if Abrams chooses to leave Episode VII, that doesn’t mean he’s automatically going back to Trek.  He’s a highly in-demand director, and I’d expect he would have a wide variety of projects to choose from should he leave Star Wars.

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  • Painted Pagliacci Of Perfidy

    Instead of Abrams, they can just get Dennis Dugan. I”m sure he’ll just nail it.

    • Strong Enough

      shut up

    • Mr_Skyfish

      Yea he’ll nail alright in the coffin! Moron!

    • Northern Star

      *** Sorry to ride the coat tails on this first post, but Lucasfilm has just issued a press release vociferously denying Abrams is departing Episode VII, they siad he’s “having a great time” working on the script and production is still on course to begin early next year… this rumor was started by a nimrod over at Badass Digest, looks more like Dumbass Digest now! I’m glad Abrams is still onboard, he’s the right person for the job, and apparently ILM are now engaged in the biggest scale model building program for the film’s big action visual effects setpieces since ‘Return of the Jedi’… everyone relax now, 2015 is still in sight. End transmission. ***

    • John Jay

      I’m voting David Fincher. He has a solid cinematic pedigree and doesn’t struggle with tonality. Recent action/adventure films have really struggled with tone. That seems to be a huge problem with recent films such as MoS and The Lone Ranger.

      • Knowles2

        May be it something to do with all of the blood, gore, and anything remotely interesting being strip out so that they gain their 12a rating for the film or PG-13 in America.

      • Knowles2

        May be it something to do with all of the blood, gore, and anything remotely interesting being strip out so that they gain their 12a rating for the film or PG-13 in America.

  • cetrata

    Quinto did say he expected Abrams to direct Star Trek 3. That’s a sign of him leaving.

  • ikkf

    Abrams leaving Star Wars would be the best movie news to come out this year. Oddly, though, I wouldn’t mind him executive producing it. Seems he puts out a better product that way than by directing.

  • Tey

    Leave J.J! Star Trek needs you!

    • Christopher

      In 2009? Absolutely. Now? I’m not so certain. A new creative team with Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci staying on as producers would suit me just fine.

      • Knowles2

        nah those blokes should leave altogether.

  • tanker

    Fuck. They better get Scorsese.

  • http://www.brndbl.tumblr.com/ Ryan Donnell

    Huge breach of contract right there. Not like it is due to “creative differences.” He has more freedom on Star Wars than he does on Star Trek with his involvement in the entire process. Trust me, JJ will stay on.

  • james

    Please be a false rumor :( I want him to direct star wars solo bad!!

  • Strong Enough

    Bob and ALex are that bad? As far as summer movies go they are pretty good. but i agree that hiring a new batch of writers would give the 3rd one some fresh lungs. And the writers mentioned are good. I remember watching a writers roundtable with Ashley and he sounded like a smart guy. All those others rumors, I don’t believe for a second. Not after that Thanos fuck up the internet made. And that World War Hulk bullshit. Rumors nowadays are don’t carry weight like they used too.

  • kps

    They’ve all been shot in England. What did he expect? I’m sure he must have discussed that before signing on. Sounds like too silly a reason to leave.

    • Person

      He probably thought he’d earned enough clout to be able to influence those kinds of decisions, but clearly he was wrong. I honestly don’t care if he leaves or not, I really don’t think we need any more Star Wars movies anyway. Without George Lucas’s involvement (I know he gave them the basic outlines for the next trilogy) it’s just not the same. The brand is gonna get oversaturated and watered down. Star Wars was six episodes — some great, some good, some bad. Let sleeping dogs lie.

      • Lex Walker

        Without George Lucas’s involvement is when Star Wars is typically at its best. Save for A New Hope, everything else where Lucas acted in either the director or writer capacity (beyond the basic story) Star Wars went to crap.

      • Christopher

        They DID write the Transformers films, though they’ve stated in the past that those films are more Michael Bay than anything.

      • Lex Walker

        I’m not sure you meant to respond to me.

      • Person

        Lucas as a writer is definitely the franchise’s weak link, but he only didn’t direct two films (Empire and Jedi), one was the best film of the series and the other arguably the worst. If he had stayed on as a hands-on producer, I’d be more optimistic. But the fact that he was willing to just toss it off and not worry about it makes me think that he wasn’t too invested in the story anyway (also I wouldn’t wanna make more of those movies if I went through the crap that people like us put him through when the prequels were coming out haha). As divisive as the prequels were, they were still fundamentally Star Wars, and aside from the special effects it was easy to see a connective thread through both trilogies. My worry is that 7-9 (and the countless spinoffs being worked on) won’t have that, and it’s just kinda sad.

      • Lex Walker

        By calling Jedi the worst of the series, you mean just the original trilogy right, not the prequels included? Right? Well the connective threads were obvious, but just because you have thematic and narrative threads linking two sagas doesn’t mean one is a worthy partner to the other. I think there’s a larger chance the new ones will have a more similar feeling to the originals because those are the ones the new directors grew up with and will thus aspire to. Lucas got lost in the possibilities of what he could do with a huge budget and a cutting edge special effects crew, and he lost sight of what’s important: a simple story with elements of mysticism and samurai sensibility set against a Sci-Fi backdrop. That’s what Star Wars is, that’s not what the prequels were.

      • Lex Walker

        By calling Jedi the worst of the series, you mean just the original trilogy right, not the prequels included? Right? Well the connective threads were obvious, but just because you have thematic and narrative threads linking two sagas doesn’t mean one is a worthy partner to the other. I think there’s a larger chance the new ones will have a more similar feeling to the originals because those are the ones the new directors grew up with and will thus aspire to. Lucas got lost in the possibilities of what he could do with a huge budget and a cutting edge special effects crew, and he lost sight of what’s important: a simple story with elements of mysticism and samurai sensibility set against a Sci-Fi backdrop. That’s what Star Wars is, that’s not what the prequels were.

      • Person

        The prequels were not great films (except the last half hour or so of Sith), but they were mostly fun and I’ll admit to a certain sentimentality about them since the prequels were the trilogy I grew up with. But yeah I meant that Jedi was the worst of the original trilogy and, although probably overall better than Eps. I and II, still the least entertaining movie for me (I’ve certainly watched it the least of all six episodes).

      • Lex Walker

        That generational gap between fans who grew up on the original versus the prequel trilogies makes for not unexpected but interesting conflicts of opinion. I don’t think I’ve actually watched any of the prequels more than three times since they feel tedious and shallow, by contrast I can turn on any of the originals and be entertained immensely (less so by Jedi, admittedly). Freakin’ ewoks.

      • Person

        The prequels were not great films (except the last half hour or so of Sith), but they were mostly fun and I’ll admit to a certain sentimentality about them since the prequels were the trilogy I grew up with. But yeah I meant that Jedi was the worst of the original trilogy and, although probably overall better than Eps. I and II, still the least entertaining movie for me (I’ve certainly watched it the least of all six episodes).

      • $63208635

        The Prequels were great films. Return of The Jedi however sucked.

      • Lex Walker

        Troll. Return of the Jedi might not be great, but it’s heads and tails above all prequels. GTFO.

      • Lex Walker

        Troll. Return of the Jedi might not be great, but it’s heads and tails above all prequels. GTFO.

      • doctor_robot

        “The Prequels were great films.” damn… what are you smoking??

      • Random

        Prequels were beautiful to look at, but the acting was sub-par at best! At least in the originals there was some chemistry between the actors.

      • Víctor Merán

        ROTS kicks ROTJ’s ass. There, I said it. :)

        I still love all six films, though.

      • $63208635

        The Prequels were great films. Return of The Jedi however sucked.

  • MarvelWatch

    So Badass Digest is saying that unless super secretive Abrams brings something to show for the movie at CEII, he’s gotta be for sure leaving.

    That is some epic trolling there…

  • IMPYEMU

    I don’t think that Abrams is going to leave Star Wars. That being said, there are definitely other directors that I’d rather see direct it than him. The original rumor with Matthew Vaugn sounded great to me, here’s a guy who’s made tough violent films before (Layer Cake & Kick-Ass) showing how he could bring a new sense of danger and excitement to the franchise.

    Also here’s a guy who went into a huge franchise 4 movies in (X-Men) and made what I believe is the best X-Men movie so far (First Class), showing how he really is a fan of what came before and uses that knowledge to make something even better.

    But I also think that as far as directors go, they could’ve gone a lot worse than Abrams. I don’t like Star Trek that much but his experience with Sci-fi with them is obviously helpful, and I did enjoy his film Super 8.

    • Sten

      Regarding Vaugh: don’t forget “Stardust“, a fantasy movie with lots of fun and the exact lightness Star Wars could need IMHO. If only…

      • Grayden

        I though Vaughn was an extremely inspired possibility. All of his film I have highly enjoyed. Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, and First Class cover three distinct genres so he’s got versatility. Sci-fi is the only major one left and I felt he’d be great for Star Wars. The only thing working against him is he’s never worked on such a massive film or franchise, but I’d be curious to see what he could bring to it.

  • ThorSucked

    I’d prefer they keep the two guys who wrote the only good Star Trek movies rather than the two hacks who wrote Thor.

    • Christopher

      I know of at least five other good Star Trek films.

      • Raptor Jesus

        You’re being generous.

      • Christopher

        Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home, The Undiscovered Country, First Contact.

        Search for Spock is debatable, I grant you, but I’ve always enjoyed it.

    • Christopher

      I know of at least five other good Star Trek films.

    • axalon

      I love how the term ‘hack’ is thrown around so liberally in film blog comment sections by people who have never created or had any of their work ever produced.

      • monarch

        You don’t need to work in a medium, or even be an artist–hell, or even a professional critic (who, it would seem, according to your judgment, don’t have a right to criticize either)–to have valid criteria for art.

        Or is this just your impractical and illogical shield-argument for shooting down comments you wish didn’t exist?

      • axalon

        “You don’t need to work in a medium, or even be an artist–hell, or even a professional critic (who, it would seem, according to your judgment, don’t have a right to criticize either)–to have valid criteria for art.”

        Yeah yeah yeah, that’s what everybody who usually doesn’t know what that they’re talking about says.

        In this case, OP was mocking the two writers of Thor calling them hacks. They’re not hacks. You may not like their writing and please feel free to delve into detail as to why, but any screenwriter that has his worked produced while also achieving box office success is *not* a hack.

      • Lex Walker

        Box office success does not equate to talent or ability. Look at Transformers 2, highly successful but by all serious measures of writing that was a hackjob. That was the caliber of writing that would earn you the title of “hack”, because in that case the movie didn’t make money because the writing was good, it made money because everyone went to see it to see robot carnage. I agree that the writers of Thor aren’t hacks, but to argue that box office success is proof of non-hackdom is just absurd.

      • axalon

        You’re right in that the writer for Transformers 2 is a hack, but I think a lot of things came together to make that happen. Bay pretty much had free reign on the movie and if he wanted to use a hack he could. Plus it was a sequel of a very popular franchise which certainly helps box office returns.

        However I’ll concede that there will probably be another example somewhere of this being the case minus the franchise and sequel portion.

        Thor was a competent movie. It may not have been super original or ground breaking, but it was well written. Especially since they had to write Shakespeare-esque dialogue at times.

      • Lex Walker

        Keep in mind, the guys who wrote Transformers 2 also wrote Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Mission: Impossible III. The problem is that writers write good scripts and they write bad ones too, it’s just that studios don’t always care as long as they think it translates to huge box office. The writers in question (Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) tend to put out decent blockbuster formula films, but sometimes they coast and deliver absolute dreck. I’m actually a big fan of Thor, and I think it was half that it had a great script but half that it had Kenneth Branagh directing who’s had a lot of experience directing Shakespeare.

      • axalon

        In Orci and Kurtzman’s defense, I think a lot of the blame for Transformers 2 should fall on Ehren Kruger. Not saying Orci and Kurtzman are perfect or anything, but Kruger has a much less consistent track record.

        It’s funny that you mention Orci and Kurtzman’s blockbuster formula. They write their scripts like they’re ready-made blockbusters. A lot of-

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      • monarch

        “Yeah yeah yeah, that’s what everybody who usually doesn’t know what that they’re talking about says.”

        That may be true. However, generalizing isn’t going to help, and it smacks of blanket dismissiveness.

        “You may not like their writing and please feel free to delve into detail as to why…”

        Actually, I have nothing to say on this. Never saw Thor. Have no basis for judgment on its writers. They could be splendid lads, for all I know. But the comment that I originally commented on is what drew me in. I’ve seen that thrown around so many times, the most besides-the-point piss-poor ignorant “argument” that people seem to iterate over and over again–this is no reflection on you, though, it’s just that I couldn’t let such a flagrant violation of logic get carried on yet again.

  • monarch

    I would orgasm immediately and unreservedly if it turns out Abrams is off of Star Wars.

  • whiskey_river1

    Brad Bird would just be the best. Gosh I wish he could do it.

    • William R. Cousert

      Why not?

  • The Clone

    After Star Trek 2 I wouldn’t mind seeing Abrams depart. Just my opinion.

    • Raptor Jesus

      STID was a nightmare bad movie. Just awful. 2 hours of stupid stunts and gags run together with ridiculously over the top CGI crap.

      And ripping off entire scenes from TWOK? Indefensible, inexcusable and disgusting. Nick Meyer should sue.

      JJ is a trained monkey who throws money at flash and special effects but has no concept of how to make a decent movie.

      • Spider Jerusalem

        I don’t think he’s a big enough Star Trek fan to recognize your point about entire scenes from Khan being ripped off. And that’s the problem.

        I didn’t mind Star Trek ’09, but I’ve heard nothing but bad things about Into Darkness. I’ll see just how bad it is when it comes to Netflix next year.

      • Raptor Jesus

        Yeah, ST09 was ok. I forgave the ridiculous coincidences and the U.S.S. brewery because it had a good heart.

        But STID…. was absolutely soul-less. I wish I could ‘un-see’ it.

      • Raptor Jesus

        Yeah, ST09 was ok. I forgave the ridiculous coincidences and the U.S.S. brewery because it had a good heart.

        But STID…. was absolutely soul-less. I wish I could ‘un-see’ it.

      • Spider Jerusalem

        I don’t think he’s a big enough Star Trek fan to recognize your point about entire scenes from Khan being ripped off. And that’s the problem.

        I didn’t mind Star Trek ’09, but I’ve heard nothing but bad things about Into Darkness. I’ll see just how bad it is when it comes to Netflix next year.

      • Strong Enough

        STID was amazing. action packed and fun. better than the first

  • http://moviefy.net/ Yahzee

    … no J.J., no interest in Star Wars VII for me. But if he comes back for Star Trek 3, hell yeah. As long as he mimic a former Star Trek film this time. P.S. Shut up Matt! THIS is the comment section. You wanna rant, do it here…

  • doctor_octagoon

    I think we all know what this means…. TOMMY WISEAU! TOMMY WISEAU! TOMMY WISEAU!

  • Armand

    As long as Goldberg is still writing for Collider.com, I have no faith in the opinions of the reviews

    • Stan

      Agreed. Matt you’re an idiot. STID has been the best blockbuster this yer. Everything else has fallen flat in comparison. It hasn’t made money like some others but critically it’s been the best rated movie. Can’t wait for the next and hope JJ is back.

      • Discus

        Naah, it was a stupid piece of shit.

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  • Chaitanya

    You know what, it makes me sick when fanboys want the movies exactly the way TOS played out. That would have been really boring and nobody would be ever interested in watching such philosophical films except for the fanboys. Infact, even the fanboys would just sit back in their houses and watch it if there are no visual and sound effect worthy of an IMAX viewing.

    I think creating an alternate universe was one of the smartest ideas I have ever seen for a reboot. That way you wont be inclined to work under the constraints of trying to satisfy the fanboys or the general audience and it will give you a huge deal of flexibility being a director or a writer. I have always maintained that Star Trek [2009] is the greatest reboot film ever made. Its simply up there with the greatest sci-fi films ever made. Star Trek Into Darkness [2013] is another movie that I think actually surpassed the first film in every way. This is coming from a guy who owns only 6 blurays and one of them is Star Trek and I have seen it 21 times so far. That film is tremendously rewatchable. The BG music is amazing, the acting is good and the movie is fast paced. There is nothing more I can ask. I liked JJ Abrams for LOST and MI3 but after Star Trek series, I consider him one of the greatest modern directors. That guy simply understands the pulse of the story and makes them really amazing with his humorous touch.

    • Lex Walker

      I agree with the general gist of this, but it’s because I enjoy the alternate universe idea that I’m still a bit flabbergasted that they went with Khan. You have an vast universe with countless species of and an arguably limitless number of planets to explore. Why rehash Khan?

      • SpokeAt

        I agree, though to me, even as an original fan of the original series Trek, I didn’t mind the reverse reactor room scene. Only the scream pissed me off. The acting and depth of feeling on display were superb. Some folks thought it “rang false” because Kirk and Spock hadn’t 20 years of friendship behind them, but I didn’t. Kirk had saved Spock’s life and lost his captaincy as a result. That was an act of deep friendship and compassion. Kirk’s and Spock’s story arcs in the movie meet neatly in the middle.

        Unlike many people however I think the pace of the Abrams films is a bit too “breakneck” – good writing has to be crammed in and ignored for the sake of speed. I certainly don’t want a movie that goes at a glacial pace (ST:TMP anyone) but think JJ could allow for an extra 10 minutes of screen time per movie to permit the superb actors more time to inhabit these wonderful archetypal characters – and discuss things as was done in Admiral Pike’s office for a grand total of, like, two minutes, in STiD.

        Also why couldn’t they have just made Cumberbatch a new character with many of the same issues, say, a genetically designed/enhanced human designed to be devoted to Section 31 who had accumulated years of resentment against his and his fellows’ maltreatment as augments? The team kept saying he was “John Harrison” and I was so relieved — and then he turned out to be fecking Khan. Lordy lordy. Not only stupid “magic box” / surprise ‘em strategy (concealing the villain’s identity) by Abrams, a`racially insensitive casting, but downright stupid as a plot device. Did Lindelof [producer] actually dream that this would make Trek fans happy? How stupid does he think we are? The single worst decision for the movie. Along with the escalation of violence, yecchh, and the same city-destruction-horrible-force as I saw in every other damned action movie this summer. And the same damned “villain” trope too. Star Trek can be a lot smarter than that.

        WHEN will Paramount realize Star Trek is not a “summer tentpole” franchise and restore it to a more successful November/December release time? Generations of Trekfans in the same family could see it together. Doesn’t your heart just warm at the prospect? ; )

      • Lex Walker

        Paramount will never realize that, because since 1996 the franchise has been a consistent loser at the box office, even when the films happened to be good. Star Trek had acquired such a stigma that non-Trekkers wouldn’t go anywhere near it, and so unless the films reduced themselves to near TOS production values and could be made for less that $10 million, the franchise was no longer viable as a TV or movie franchise. It had to be done or Star Trek would have gotten canned indefinitely.

        As for Cumberbatch, making him Khan was just dumb and unimaginative. Of course, that’s kind of what Damon Lindelof is becoming known for: twists that are just horribly uninspired or nonsensical. I think Pine and Quinto have done an excellent job establishing the chemistry and the friendship of Kirk and Spock, and I had no problem with that scene either. My biggest problem was with Alice Eve as a character, not just her scream. She’s pretty and she can act, but she served no other purpose than being the hot blond chick who serves to fill a plothole the writers realized they had when they reread it, so they invented her and then just pasted her into a few scenes earlier to also give the film some more sex appeal. It was just a lot of bad choices all around.

        The extra 10 minutes is a good idea, if not extra 20 minutes as it would help balance out that “breakneck action” issue you have, and it would give the writers time to indulge in a little more science theory talk to make it feel more like Star Trek.

    • Lex Walker

      Also, the use of Beastie Boys at the start of young Kirk’s intro always immediately invests me in following through and watching the rest of Abrams’s first Star Trek.

  • Joe Average

    If JJ drops the ball, there will be no other good director to pick it up!!! He loves the star wars universe too much…there is no way he will leave

    • Random

      You have no idea what you’re talking about. JJ is notorious for making certain demands about having his family near him while he makes his films. There are other directors that can direct Star Wars.

      • Joe Average

        Need I quote Spock? this will become his passion project, and besides Neill Blomkamp there is no other really good Sci-Fi director that could helm a project like this. JJ was able to make Star Trek cool, and it would be a HUGE mistake to take him away from this project! He could make Star Wars cool again so we could forget those awful prequels

    • Knowles2

      He love star wars, which is why he turned Star trek in Star Wars. I expect if he doesn’t get star wars he will return an do more star trek :(

      • Joe Average

        “There is no truth to the rumor,” Lucasfilm said in a statement issued
        Monday. “J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is
        looking forward to going into production next year.”

      • Knowles2

        Good.

      • Joe Average

        helps me sleep easier at night knowing he’s still a part of Star Wars

      • Knowles2

        It help me sleep easier at night thinking that he might never go near a star trek film again.

    • Knowles2

      He love star wars, which is why he turned Star trek in Star Wars. I expect if he doesn’t get star wars he will return an do more star trek :(

  • Joe Average

    If JJ drops the ball, there will be no other good director to pick it up!!! He loves the star wars universe too much…there is no way he will leave

  • bork1138

    I think he will drop out, there have been clues for ages. To start with he initially turned it down, his apprehension and intimidation to direct has been mentioned alot. Even over a month ago while doing the press rounds on Conan he said ‘If and when I’m directing Star Wars, Jub Jub will somehow find its way in’ The fact he’s officially confirmed and he’s saying ‘if and when’ at this stage isn’t great.

  • bork1138

    I think he will drop out, there have been clues for ages. To start with he initially turned it down, his apprehension and intimidation to direct has been mentioned alot. Even over a month ago while doing the press rounds on Conan he said ‘If and when I’m directing Star Wars, Jub Jub will somehow find its way in’ The fact he’s officially confirmed and he’s saying ‘if and when’ at this stage isn’t great.

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    “Before you get too excited about new writers joining Star Trek 3″
    You are the only one complaining about them Goldberg.

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    “Before you get too excited about new writers joining Star Trek 3″
    You are the only one complaining about them Goldberg.

  • AlexTheKaiser

    Why everybody thinks that because he’s doing Star Wars he won’t make Star Trek? That’s like saying that if I chose to drink Coke I’ll never be able to drink pepsi.

    • Lex Walker

      That’s actually true though. You can’t drink Pepsi now. Sorry.

    • Knowles2

      Because of the timing, Paramount and Disney both want their respected films out at around 2015/16, and he can’t do two different films from two different franchises at once because they will be going through filming and production at the same time. The timing means that he can only do one or the other. An Disney will want to move straight into the next film after the first one is complete.

    • Knowles2

      Because of the timing, Paramount and Disney both want their respected films out at around 2015/16, and he can’t do two different films from two different franchises at once because they will be going through filming and production at the same time. The timing means that he can only do one or the other. An Disney will want to move straight into the next film after the first one is complete.

  • steph!

    I think Sofia Coppola should take the reins.

  • star wars

    OOO a rumor….RUMORRRRRR. IS IT TRUE THAT SHE LIKES OH MY GAWDDD!!!

  • twojawas

    Abrams is a massive Star Wars fan so if he is leaving there is a good chance he knows that the script is shit and he doesn’t want his name attached to the film. As a Star Wars fan, I’ll be very worried if he leaves this project.

  • Ricky Bobby

    Abrams moving away and no one decent available for the 2015 schedule. You know what that means ? Georgie is rubbing his hands right now. :) They are doing a DelToro-Jackson.

  • Al

    Sam. Raimi. Star. Wars. Why? Because…Bruce. Campell. Star. Wars.

    • Lex Walker

      You know, Bruce Campbell can star in things without Sam Raimi right? And after Oz, I don’t want Sam Raimi near anything.

  • Futur3Fo3

    New Hope and Empire were great…the rest were shite. I have hopes for SW’s future, but not at the expense of the new ST.

  • David

    I read the first sentence and knew this was a Matt Goldberg article. Christ, man, no one gives a flying fuck about your opinion, ESPECIALLY in the first sentence of an article about Star Trek.

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  • Ding Dong

    Please DO drop Abrams. And his buddy Lindelof. And Orci. And Kurtzman. They ruined a promising film, turning it into a gigantic, stupid crapfest. X-Men First Class was superior in every way, and perhaps THOSE writers can make sense of it all.

    I recommend Matthew Vaughn, RIan Johnson, or Niall Blomkamp. Do something new. Abrams is the world’s most overrated hack.

  • nathe

    Good, if they axe jj I may be interested in star wars again, because I hate it now with the pathetic jj. He ruined star trek for me.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Good I want Star Wars, not JJ’s take on Star Wars.

  • Alan Burnett

    No reference to Lucasfilm flat-out denying the rumor about Abrams? I guess Goldberg exclusively gives free reign to writers who are just as pig-ignorant and aggressively stupid as he is.

    MATT GOLDBERG SAYS

    Paramount didn’t give me the screening that I wanted, so I am going to BITCH ABOUT THE FILM FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS. IT SUCKS BECAUSE I DIDN’T GET MY SCREENING AND IF I DON’T GET WHAT I WANT I WILL YELL AND SCREAM AND TROLL ABOUT IT FOREVER.

  • sense11

    It would be the greatest misstep of his career if he drops out over spending a year in England,

  • sense11

    It would be the greatest misstep of his career if he drops out over spending a year in England,

  • JO

    I have been a long time follower of collider news now. I like about 99.9% of the website. I love the way the site is organized and designed in comparison to other similar sites and how quickly our movie/TV news gets to us and the legitimacy of such news. There is just that .1% that I can not bring myself to like. Its Matt Goldberg. I start reading an article and know immediately who is writing (or trying too) due to the extremely biased, smug, arrogant and almost “crybaby like” (for lack of a better word) tone of the article. I dont understand why Collider allows this. And I dont understand why Matt would even take the time to report on the things he clearly doesnt like. There are several other competent writers for collider that can just simply report the news without disgracing it through there own “opinions.” Like I said, I love Collider, but the more and more I see of Matt the more and more I feel like staying away, just to avoid him.

  • JO

    I have been a long time follower of collider news now. I like about 99.9% of the website. I love the way the site is organized and designed in comparison to other similar sites and how quickly our movie/TV news gets to us and the legitimacy of such news. There is just that .1% that I can not bring myself to like. Its Matt Goldberg. I start reading an article and know immediately who is writing (or trying too) due to the extremely biased, smug, arrogant and almost “crybaby like” (for lack of a better word) tone of the article. I dont understand why Collider allows this. And I dont understand why Matt would even take the time to report on the things he clearly doesnt like. There are several other competent writers for collider that can just simply report the news without disgracing it through there own “opinions.” Like I said, I love Collider, but the more and more I see of Matt the more and more I feel like staying away, just to avoid him.

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    Abrams is an idiot who just likes bright, shiny objects.

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  • William R. Cousert

    ***presumably because he didn’t want to be away from his family for so long

    He could fly home every weekend and write off the airfare. Or he could buy or rent a second home in England and bring his family with him. If they get homesick, they ca fly home occasionally.

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