LATEST: The latest installment of the Star Trek series will be released on Christmas Day 2008, resurrecting the cult franchise after a six-year hiatus. Mission Impossible: III director J.J. ABRAMS recently signed on to direct the film after months of speculation. The prequel will focus on a young CAPTAIN KIRK and MR SPOCK and their initial meeting at Starfleet Academy and first mission in space. Abrams, who has been developing the project, is set to begin shooting in the autumn (07). The 10 Star Trek films have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.