jj_abrams_star_wars_star_trek_crossoversWith the announcement of JJ Abrams to direct the next Star Wars film, what does this mean for Star Trek? After all, Abrams was the director responsible for bringing Star Trek back to life in 2009 and as long as both franchises have existed their fans have been at war with one another.

A statement from Bad Robot said: “After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet.”

spock.jpg“Yes, JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.”

Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore said “J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another Star Trek,” Moore said Friday afternoon.

The directors chair would seem to be up for grabs for Star Trek 3. The last time Abrams passed off a franchise to another director he selected Brad Bird to make Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Sources LA TimesDigital Spy