Vulture reports that J.J. Abrams has officially committed to direct Star Trek 2 for Paramount Pictures.
Pre-production is currently underway and the script is expected to be done by month's end. Abrams will start shooting the anticipated film this winter.
The Star Trek sequel was originally scheduled to be released on June 29, 2012, but Paramount put G.I. Joe 2 in that spot instead when it looked like Abrams wouldn't be able to make the date.
While Abrams himself couldn't start working on Star Trek 2 until he was done with Super 8, the article says that part of the delay has also been Alex Kurtzman, who has been working on the script with Roberto Orci. Kurtzman had been busy working on finishing directing Welcome to People.
A new release date for the film has not yet been set.