After the cancellation of Enterprise, J. J. Abrams took over the Star Trek franchise. His approach was smart: not to reboot the series, exactly, but to set his new movies in an alternate universe, parallel to the long-established one. To connect the two, his first film (2009, titled simply Star Trek) featured Spock and a new villain (Nero) plucked from the original timeline after the events of the Next Generation era. This provided a symbolic passing of the torch. The movie proved the most successful Star Trek film to date at the box office. Star Trek was back.
A sequel, Star Trek into Darkness (also directed by Abrams), followed in 2013.