"Both the Los Angeles Times and SCI FI Wire got a chance to talk to J.J. Abrams about the status of the Star Trek sequel and Mission: Impossible IV. Abrams gave this interesting quote to the former about the new Star Trek film:
'The ambition for a sequel to Star Trek is to make a movie that's worthy of the audience and not just another movie, you know, just a second movie that feels tacked on. The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters -- their meeting each and galvanizing that family -- that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. it needs to do what [the late 'Trek' creator Gene] Roddenberry did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story. There needs to be relevance, yes, and that doesn't mean it should be pretentious. If there are simple truths -- truths connected to what we live -- that elevates any story -- that's true with any story.'
Meanwhile, SCI FI Wire got a brief update on Mission: Impossible IV:
SCIFI: Any momentum on Mission: Impossible IV?
Abrams: Yeah, we have a really cool story. It's being written right now by Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum.
SCIFI: What's your ETA on when you'll see the draft?
Abrams: We're hoping to get it soon, like by the end of the year.
SCIFI: Could it work out for you to direct it?
Abrams: I'm open to anything."
OH!! So he's not offended now by doing sequels to movies based on Leonard Nimoy TV shows! Nice save, pal.
This is what writer Roberto Orci had to say -
'We’ve literally had two meetings now. We haven’t decided anything but we’re starting to circle around some ideas. We got a lot of fan response from the first one and a considerable amount of critical response and one of the things we heard was, ‘Make sure the next one deals with modern-day issues.’ We’re trying to keep it as up-to-date and as reflective of what’s going on today as possible. So that’s one thing, to make it reflect the things that we are all dealing with today.'
'[LA Times writer] asked Orci somewhat flippantly if that meant we might see Starfleet grappling with the ethics of or dealing with a rising ist threat or perhaps a painful, politicized war with the Klingons - 'Well yeah, those are the kind of issues we’re talking about. Wow, you’re good! But seriously that’s the way we’re thinking, that’s an approach. So if you have any ideas … '"
WELL, IF HE'S ASKING FOR IDEAS - I'M HERE!! HELLO!?!