JJ Abrams has appeared to confirmed that he has now left the Star Trek franchise to take the helm of the new Star Wars reboot, so the director's chair is still a void to be filled and he has endorsed Rupert Wyatt to take over.
The renowned director admits that the director is still to be chosen, in a chat with HitFix, but said that there are other matters that the movie bosses are taking care of at this time.
Of the rumours surrounding Jon M Chu and Rupert Wyatt, who are just some of the names that have been linked to the role for the upcoming third instalment of the hugely popular franchise, Abrams touched on the plans.
JJ Abrams reveals that the wheels are in motion for third Star Trek movie (Wenn)
"I know Rupert and he's incredibly talented and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go."
Wyatt was behind the well-received 2011 reboot of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While it's unlikely that Abrams will return as director with his pressing commitments to Star Wars Episode 7, the director did insist that there is lots to look forward to.
"It's too early to talk about details, but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next," he replied when asked what fans could look forward to. He added: "I plan to be involved in the story and producing the film and I feel very blessed to be involved at all."
The latest Star Trek franchise which stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana was kicked off in 2009, and followed by Star Trek Into Darkness, which saw Benedict Cumberbatch take on the role as John Harrison. He was recently linked to a role in the upcoming Star Wars movie but has shrugged off the rumours.
Reporters were keen to question Benedict on the speculation during his appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, where he was promoting not one but three new films.
"This is the simple truth. J.J. (Abrams) and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that," he said.