With J.J. Abrams doing ‘Star Wars’, who might direct the next ‘Star Trek’?

ImageBringing in established actors (some of them, anyway) who already had wide-ranging careers before ever donning Star Fleet uniforms, Simon Pegg figures there will never come a day when he and his ‘Enterprise’ mates will be trapped in their roles, doing conventions and video games and sequels and little else.

“We, all of us, have enough of our own careers that it’s in no danger of utterly taking over our lives. I love the character and these films and I hope to do it as long as I can. It’s incredibly gratifying work, hanging out with these diamonds. But I have a lot of other things going on.

Pegg has ‘The World’s End’ due out this summer, another Edgar Wright collaboration. He’s shooting ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ right now. He has an Australian film and roles in two Brit films to shoot before year’s end. And next year, Pegg dives back into ‘Mission: Impossible,’ as the fifth film in that series goes before cameras.

“We, all of us, have enough of our own careers that it’s in no danger of utterly taking over our lives. I love the character and these films and I hope to do it as long as I can. It’s incredibly gratifying work, hanging out with these diamonds. But I have a lot of other things going on.

The original series was created by actors who performed the roles a long time — years on TV, years more in the films. People knew them mostly for that work, and that hurt them.

“Zoe has ‘Avatar,’ Chris has made hits outside of ‘Star rek,’ Zach is producing his own films. Everybody has other strings to their bow.”

But that also goes for The Boss — J.J. Abrams. He has had to hand over “Mission: Impossible” duties to others. Pegg figures he has to do that with “Star Trek” as well.That could speed up the process of putting a third film in theaters. It took four years for this sequel to come about and fit in with Abrams’ schedule.

“With J.J. doing ‘Star Wars,’ that might mean we’d do another ‘Star Trek’ sooner rather than later because he could hand that off to another director while he produces it. Just speculation on my part, but he does seem to have a lot on his plate
As do we all.”

So who might take on “Trek” next time out? If you don’t think Abrams will have his hands full with “Star Wars,” you don’t know Lucas. Or Disney.

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