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J.J. Abrams will direct Star Trek 2

Vulture is reporting that J.J. Abrams has officially committed to directing Star Trek 2.

The sequel to the 2009 hit, officially referred to as “Untitled Star Trek Sequel”, was originally scheduled to hit theaters on June 29, 2012 but Paramount decided to delay the release earlier this year. Paramount’s decision revolved around waiting on both Abrams and the rest of the development team’s schedule — Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof — to clear itself (each of whom had their own respective TV and Film projects).

This past July it became more clear that Abrams would direct, with Deadline reporting at the time that he was “moving towards a commitment” to helm the sequel. Paramount at the time decided to give the film’s June release date to the sequel to “G.I. Joe” pushing StarĀ Trek 2’s release to TBD.

Most expect the sequel to now be released in summer 2013 or winter 2013.