Star Trek 3 producer and Lost creator JJ Abrams has responded to reports that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt will direct the film.

Speaking to HitFix, Abrams said: "He's incredibly talented and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert.

"But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go."

He added: "It's too early to talk about details but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next.

"I plan to be involved in the story and producing the film and I feel very blessed to be involved at all."