The man who Tom Cruise handpicked to direct him in MISSION: Impossible III has been selected to breathe new life into the Star Trek franchise. Film-maker Jj Abrams will produce and direct the 11th Star Trek movie, which has a release date set for 2008. According to a statement from Paramount Pictures, the new Star Trek film will centre on the early days of the franchise's most beloved characters, CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK and MR SPOCK. Paramount bosses are keen to revive the flagging franchise after the 10th film, STAR TREK: NEMESIS, flopped at the box office in December 2002.