J.J. Abrams spent the last couple weeks making the rounds to talk about "Super 8," his new film that has a touch of Steven Spielberg in it. But he knew this would happen -- everyone wanted to know about the sequel to his 2009 film "Star Trek," and whether he's on track to make a release date scheduled for next summer.
Abrams, however, admits that he is now officially behind on "Star Trek 2," but getting a script in his hands sooner rather than later could help get him back on track. And he still might even direct.
"I'm working with [Roberto] Orci, and Damon Lindelof and Alex Kurtzman on the script," Abrams told MTV last week, courtesy of TrekMovie. "They've got some amazing stuff and hopefully we'll have something to talk about soon."
But still, a June 2012 release date is just a year away.
"It is not an impossibility for us to do it," Abrams said. "I think the studio agrees that the most important thing is that the movie be good. No one wants to make something that makes its date, but isn't worth your time. I want to make sure that whatever we do, whenever it comes out, it is something people will have a great time watching."
In a visit to Howard Stern's radio show on Sirius XM last week, Abrams did admit that he was being stretched a little thin, although his involvement in two new television series -- "Alcatraz" for Fox and "Person of Interest" for CBS -- is limited.
However, his focus is on quality, and avoiding missteps (like last year's "Undercovers"), while still trying to be a great and available father for his children. Whether "Star Trek 2" is released in 2012 or in 2013, Abrams said he wants to be sure it's the best story they can tell, and that fans will want to go see it.
But will he direct? That's still up in the air.
"Part of me feels, even without knowing what the story is, part of me feels jealous of anyone who gets to work with those actors," Abrams told MTV. "It is such an amazing group of actors, But also, [I] want to make sure I know what I am being asked to direct before I do it. We are just working on the story and we are getting there, but I am very excited about what they have come up with so far."
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