We knew this choice was coming for J.J. Abrams. Being selected to direct Star Wars: Episode VII is a huge deal, and a lifelong dream of his, but on the other hand he's already resurrected a space saga franchise. Could he manage to unite the oft-warring Star Wars and Trek fanboys and direct both sequels? Of course he couldn't.
Abrams has officially announced that the director's chair for Star Trek 3 is officially up for grabs (he'll remain a producer) while he moves forward with the Episode VII production. We'd say Trekkies are going to weep, but maybe not—they recently voted the J.J. helmed Into Darkness as the worst movie in the entire series and declared Abrams' reboot a "broken" entity.