Pre-production on the highly anticipated sequel begins.

Vulture is reporting that J.J. Abrams has finally committed to direct ‘Star Trek 2,’ and that pre-production is now underway. The news was confirmed by Entertainment Weekly.

According to reports the script is expected to be completed by month’s end with Abrams set to start shooting the highly anticipated sequel this winter.

One of the reasons for the delay on the sequel was due to ‘Star Trek’ co-writer Alex Kurtzman and his commitments to his directing debut ‘Welcome to People.’ Now that he wrapped on the movie, Kurtzman has reunited with Roberto Orci to pen ‘Star Trek 2.’

The untitled sequel was originally scheduled for release June 2012, but the delay resulted in the release date being given to the upcoming ‘G.I. Joe’ sequel. ‘Star Trek’ producer Damon Lindelof, and the main cast — including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are all set to return.