, extra! Empire Online explodes the latest Star Trek rumors in a gripping interview with Mission: Impo:ssible: 3 director JJ Abrams where he denies that his take on Trek XI will be Starfleet School Daze with Kirk and Spock. And get this – he may not even be directing it!

"The whole thing was reported entirely without our cooperation,” he tells the cinephiles Limeys. "People learned that I was producing a Star Trek film, that I had an option to direct it, they hear rumours of what the thing was going to be and ran with a story that is not entirely accurate."

Abrams won’t discuss what his take on XI will be, but doesn’t rule out an appearance by the original series favorites: "Those characters are so spectacular. I just think that… you know, they could live again."

It was all too weird to be true. Honestly, if M:I:3: is as good as people keep saying, I have a hard time believing the guy will jump into the director’s chair of that sagging space franchise. He’ll surely be a hands on producer, but I’m betting someone else takes the conn.