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J.J. Abrams Gets the Job of Reviving ‘Star Trek’

The man who Tom Cruise handpicked to direct him in Mission: Impossible 3 has been selected to breathe new life into the Star Trek franchise.

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams will produce and direct the 11th Star Trek movie, which has a release date set for 2008.

According to a statement from Paramount Pictures, the new Star Trek film will center on the early days of the franchise’s most beloved characters, Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock.

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Paramount bosses are keen to revive the flagging franchise after the 10th film, Star Trek: Nemesis, flopped at the box office in December 2002.

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