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Ever since the surprise announcement that J.J. Abrams would direct "Stars Wars: Episode VII," the internet has churned in rampant speculation mode. What will these films entail? Who will star? What characters would return? But in another corner of the galaxy, many were asking what would happen to Abrams' "Star Trek" franchise. The sequel, "Star Trek Into Darkness," hits theaters in May at the beginning of blockbuster season, but what of future installments? Won't Abrams be too busy with "Star Wars," particularly if that 2015 release date gets locked down? The cast and creatives behind "Star Trek" have wondered the same thing aloud. Screenwriter and executive producer Roberto Orci expressed both excitement and genuine alarm. “For J.J., this is achieving a childhood dream," Orci told Entertainment Weekly in the latest issue. " ‘Star Wars’ is what got him in the business. So watching him go to »

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