J.J. Abrams to Direct Paramount's Next "Star Trek"

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We learned a while back that J.J. Abrams would be doing something on Paramount's newest "Star Trek" flick, and we assumed it'd be a producer's gig at the very least -- but nope, it looks like the kid will be directing the flick, too.

From Variety, by way of IGN Movies: "Although Mission Impossible III director J.J. Abrams has been working as producer on the upcoming Star Trek prequel for some time, he's only just been confirmed to be directing the picture.

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman confirmed the news to Variety in an update on the studio's diverse portfolio of coming movie and TV attractions. "We're revitalizing [Trek] in a new and interesting way," he told the trade paper, while confirming Abrams as director.

2009 was also mentioned as a potential release date for the film. Up until now, 2008 has always been the studio's intention, and progress on the film has not been reported to be substantially behind schedule thus far."

Click here for one theory on the hold-up: Those pesky screenwriters!

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