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EW Previews 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Madness of Abrams' Career

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 7, 2013 at 1:39PM

J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot opened in 2009 and earned $386 million worldwide. Four years later the director returns with "Star Trek Into Darkness" -- out May 17. He tells EW in their sneak preview issue that his career--complete with a "Star Wars" reboot--is currently "madness."
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J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot opened in 2009 and earned $386 million worldwide. Four years later the director returns with "Star Trek Into Darkness" -- out May 17. He tells EW in their sneak preview issue that his career--complete with a "Star Wars" reboot--is currently "madness."

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana return in "Into Darkness" and are joined by villain Benedict Cumberbatch, rumored to be playing "super villain" Khan. Abrams is tight-lipped; Pine tells EW he is a "benevolent dictator" with revealing plots. Lots more action is in store with "Into Darkness," including attacks on planet Earth's London and San Francisco. Saldana says her character also "kicks more ass" this go-round.

Due to Abrams' new gig with "Star Wars," Pine isn't sure if the director will return to direct the third installment of "Star Trek." He tells EW he'll be disappointed but that "there are other people in his circle that will carry on."

The issue is available February 8.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.