More than a month after J.J. Abrams was said to be “moving toward a commitment” to direct the sequel to 2009's Stark Trek, word comes from Vulture that the filmmaker has finally made that commitment. Officially. What, you're not surprised? The least you can do is pretend you are, as this has been dragging on for ... oh, about two years, give or take.
The super-busy Abrams had, of course, been working on Super 8 and other projects while equally busy writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman put together a 70-page outline, waiting for his approval. And waiting ... and waiting. (To be fair, Kurtzman was also concentrating on his feature directorial debut Welcome to People.) But now it appears as if Star Trek 2 is moving at warp speed, with ubiquitous "insiders" telling Vulture that the script will be finished by the end of the month, with Abrams looking to begin shooting this winter.
What that means for the film's release remains to be seen. Paramount Pictures has already moved the opening from June 29, 2012 -- G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation took its place -- to (apparently) December 2012, a month already populated by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, World War Z, Django Unchained and possibly The Lone Ranger.