Paramount Pictures has confirmed that JJ Abrams' upcoming 11th Star Trek instalment will begin shooting this autumn in time for a Dec 25 2008 release.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Abram's co-writers on Mission Impossible III, wrote the screenplay and will serve as executive producers alongside Bryan Burk. Abrams and his Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce.

'If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of [Gene] Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen,' Abrams said. 'Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course.

'Our goal is to make a picture for everyone - lifelong fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honoured and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek.'

'We could not be more thrilled to be back in business with JJ Abrams,' Paramount chairman and chief executive officer Brad Grey said. 'The revival of the Star Trek franchise is an important part of Paramount's turnaround.'

The previous 10 Star Trek films have grossed more than $1bn worldwide.