How Much Does JJ Abrams Know About
Enough to have made one very enjoyable Trek movie. Maybe two, I'll find out in 71 hours and 30 minutes.
He saw all the original series episodes and classic movies prior to making Star Trek
. IIRC he said in an interview four or five years ago that he'd never seen Nemesis
. That Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto auditioned by reading lines from Prime Directive
by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Spock's World
by Diane Duane suggests he even read a couple of Trek novels. He may not be a fan of classic Trek, but he definitely did some research prior to taking it on.
He's got a die-hard Trekkie on his staff in writer/producer Bob Orci. He goes so far as to collect and read the novels. Any changes made to Trek in these films are at the very least, informed ones.