This is something I really wanna delve into: Why was INTO DARKNESS delayed for four years? Has there ever been any more reasons on why Paramount felt it was necessary to wait for four years? It's hard for me to believe that this is all because everyone wanted to wait for J.J. Abrams to finish his pet project SUPER 8. Studios don't usually just wait four years to make a sequel just to wait for a director with exceptions like Christopher Nolan doing a third Batman film and Sam Mendes for a second Bond film. In those two cases, they had directed billion dollar hit films and were considered integral enough that studios only felt comfortable that they could replicate that kind of box office success again. ST09 certainly wasn't that big enough of a hit to wait four years for a director. Surely there were many other directors out there that would have loved to have a crack at making a Star Trek film. IIRC, Abrams wasn't even initially sure about returning for a second film, and I don't remember potential names being dropped like there were for TREK XIII when it was abundantly clear Abrams would be too busy with THE FORCE AWAKENS.