Both the Los Angeles Times and SCI FI Wire got a chance to talk to J.J. Abrams about the status of the Star Trek sequel and Mission: Impossible IV. Abrams gave this interesting quote to the former about the new “Star Trek” film:
“The ambition for a sequel to ‘Star Trek’ is to make a movie that’s worthy of the audience and not just another movie, you know, just a second movie that feels tacked on. The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters — their meeting each and galvanizing that family — that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. it needs to do what [the late ‘Trek’ creator Gene] Roddenberry did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story. There needs to be relevance, yes, and that doesn’t mean it should be pretentious. If there are simple truths — truths connected to what we live — that elevates any story — that’s true with any story.”
The Los Angeles Times also got quotes from Roberto Orci on the Star Trek follow-up which you can read here.
Meanwhile, SCI FI Wire got a brief update on Mission: Impossible IV:
Any momentum on Mission: Impossible IV?
Abrams: Yeah, we have a really cool story. It’s being written right now by Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum.
What’s your ETA on when you’ll see the draft?
Abrams: We’re hoping to get it soon, like by the end of the year.
Could it work out for you to direct it?
Abrams: I’m open to anything.