If you had trouble with the Internet today, it's likely because of the interactive overload resulting from the news that J.J. Abrams, director of the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its upcoming sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and now the envy of many a nerd across the planet, has signed on to direct Star Wars Episode VII, which is being written by Michael Arndt and is scheduled for release by Disney in 2015.
After the Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm in October, Abrams was one of the names mentioned in regards to taking over the next Star Wars trilogy, but he publicly declined any interest. Apparently, he either wasn't telling the truth then or was recently made an offer he couldn't turn down.
Where that leaves Paramount and future Trek movies should be revealed soon. It's likely too big of a job to have Abrams overseeing two major movie franchises, and the studio likely won't want Trek left in limbo for two years while he works on Star Wars, so expect news from that quadrant soon.
This announcement will surely stoke the fire for those who involve themselves with Star Trek vs. Star Wars discussions, but Trek fans shouldn't feel distraught or abandoned. While there's no denying Abrams' Star Trek was a great success at the box office, it didn't feel like part of the Trek universe with its focus more on action than story. And with their acceptance of the Prequels, Star Wars fans have shown they aren't overly concerned with story or continutity, so it's a good match. Hopefully the next filmmaker to take on the Trek universe will be more prosperous in striking a better balance.
Star Trek Into Darkness will be released May 17, 2013.