J.J. Abrams confirmed to direct ‘Star Trek 2’ (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Hero Complex has now updated their story, claiming their confirmation that Abrams is back as a director was a mistake. As of now, no director has been officially announced. Original story follows.

Hero Complex spoke with Star Trek 2 writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and revealed an important piece of news I haven’t seen officially confirmed until now: J.J. Abrams will be returning to the director’s chair for the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. Hit the jump for some more choice quotes about the highly-anticipated sequel.

In the interview, the writing team – one of the most in-demand in the industry right now for blockbusters  – says they “have broken the story, which is very exciting.” But what direction will they take this new film now that the crew has been formed and everyone is together?

We’re looking at a lot of the old episodes for inspiration, still. Whereas the last movie was all about breaking free from “Star Trek” and its canon, now that we can do whatever we want, we still want it to feel like good ol’ “Star Trek” even though it’s a new story.

When asked if Star Trek 2 will have an Empire Strikes Back feel to it, where it’s essentially “Act 2” in a larger story, the writers had this to say:

Yeah, that is an interesting question. I don’t know that we’ve ever thought of it in terms of a trilogy. We thought of the first one as, “How do we tell how this happened the first time and how do we free it so that it can go on forever without stepping on what came before.” So, if you were thinking of this movie as a second act, yeah, you would think of it as an “Empire Strikes Back” sort of story, but I’m not sure we’re thinking of it as a second act. I can’t speak for everybody on that, though.

Check out the full interview at Hero Complex and let us know in the comments section if you have high hopes for Star Trek 2. With that great ensemble cast and with Abrams at the helm, this is one of my most anticipated movies of the next few years.