There are few sure things in this world. We all know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the molecule for water is H20, and Tony Romo will somehow manage to ruin every one of my Sundays. In the world of film, there are even fewer sure things, but one can usually “put five on” the fact that any project J.J. Abrams is involved in will turn out fairly well – critically, commercially, or both. So when Mr. Abrams dropped the dirt over at Collider about Star Trek 2 and Mission Impossible: 4, you bet I stopped to read the roses. Or however that goes.

According to Abrams, he and the near-sentient cyborg ninjas that I assume surround him at all times are “hard at work” on both of these movies. It seems they are in the script-writing stage, so pretty much anything is still possible. Abrams refers to the alternate reality that was created in the first Star Trek as a very nice way to give them the freedom to do pretty much anything they want. He does imply that they don’t want to completely revamp the Trekiverse, but they do intend to explore it with a very different feel (which can be appreciated by both old and new fans alike). Not much of a surprise there, as that is pretty much what one could expect after seeing the first film.

He does, understandably, do a little dipping-and-dodging when the question comes up about his long-term involvement with the films. One can’t expect more than his “movie-to-movie” answer, but from the love I saw in the first movie, I think we can reasonably expect him to be involved for a decent while. And, of course, any interview mentioning Star Trek wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Leonard Nimoy. Will he? Won’t he? It’s a question for the ages. And though Nimoy has publicly stated that he doesn’t think they would need him for the next film, Abrams pretty much stated the exact opposite, saying, “I can’t imagine a Star Trek movie not needing him.” Indeed.

Those of you interested in MI:4, don’t fret. There’s a little bit in there for you, as well. Abrams doesn’t get into it as much as Star Trek, but he does drop a few little tidbits. It, like the second Trek film, is in the writing stage, but we don’t know much after that. Though it was seemingly said in jest, there may actually be a chance that Nimoy could shed his Spock ears for a gun in MI:4, resurrecting the character of Paris from the series. Wouldn’t that be something? I am all for Nimoy, no matter what he does, and “big ups” (as we say in my house) to him for hopping back into the mainstream film market.

So, how ‘bout them roses? They do smell sweet, that’s for sure.

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