According to the article, “Insiders familiar with the director’s plans tell Vulture that pre-production is underway, that the script will be done by month’s end and that Abrams will start shooting this winter”.
The originally slated date for Star Trek 2 would have been June 2012, but due to several delays this slot has now been given by Paramount to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film was also put on hold due to original writer Robert Kurtzman, who wrote the first script with Robert Orci, working on his directorial debut Welcome to People.
This is excellent, if somewhat inevitable, news for fans. Abrams managed to inject new life back into the series, while maintaining links to the past. When we spoke with Abrams back in June on the Super 8 tour, he mentioned how much fun it was working with the cast on Star Trek.