SCI FI Wire also caught up with the busy director and discussed the Star Trek sequel:
Abrams: We're hopefully going to have everyone, obviously, from the first cast. I keep trying to spread this rumor that I'm going to recast Kirk as Greg Grunberg, but no one ever prints it.
Have you settled on what direction you're going to take it?
Abrams: We're just starting on that. Yes, we know the direction, but it's very early. We're working on a script right now still. I can tell you it's cool. We have some really cool ideas, but it's too early.
So Orci and Kurtzman have physically started writing?
Abrams: No, but we've started talking story, and Damon's writing it with them.
And also got in some questions for Mission: Impossible IV:
Abrams: Yeah, we have a really cool story. It's being written right now by Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum.
What's your ETA on when you'll see the draft?
Abrams: We're hoping to get it soon, like by the end of the year.
Could it work out for you to direct it?
Abrams: I'm open to anything.
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was released December 21st, 2011 and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Samuli Edelmann, Ivan Shvedoff. The film is directed by Brad Bird.