Well, it's finally confirmed ... sort of.
If you consider aintitcoolnews as a definitive news source, popular director JJ Abrams, who recently took a turn in an exciting (though deemed disappointing at the box office) Mission Impossible installment, will be taking on the Star Trek reboot that Chris reported here a while back.
For those of you that don't know or don't care, the Star Trek franchise has been stumbling to a stand still creatively and financially. The last few movies were not what one would call blockbuster sci-fi adventures, although the last movie Nemesis had incredible promise. Seems the powers that be are going the route of so many franchises--the reboot (read: prequel).
Yes, that's right. We will be able to see a young Kirk and Spock hanging out and doing shots at Starbase 12. Well, not really (I hope). But someone else will wear the shoes of James T. Kirk and Spock. And Abrams will direct.
What I'm wondering is how far they will take this? If successful, will it mean an entire new series of these guys hanging out. I'm not really a Trekkie, but how many years had Kirk been in Starfleet before he took over the Enterprise? Will the storylines overlap? Will they destroy the continuity of what came before?
Who knows? All that we know now is that this project is moving forward. Look for Star Trek: Episode One to hit movie screens in the next couple years or so. We'll keep a look out on what poor actor will take the reigns of Captain Kirk and Spock, two icons of American 20th Century pop culture. I do not envy these guys.