By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount, Variety
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No surprise here. With Star Trek due to hit theaters this May and make lots and lots of money, Paramount figured they might as well cash in on the franchise and makes a sequel of this prequel. I don't want to give anything away, but I don't think there is then any chance of Kirk, Spock or the rest of the infamous crew of dying in this installment. Wink!
Star Trek Sequel Coming
Paramount Pictures has hired Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to pen the screenplay for the twelfth Star Trek installment. While Abrams directed the recent installment, he has only committed to produce the sequel. Don't rule out the possibility, however, of him getting back behind the camera for a second go.
While there can't be much of a story on paper just yet, the trio is expected to have a working script turned in by Christmas in order to get the film ready for theatrical release come summer 2011.
"There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet," said Lindelof, co-creator with Abrams of ABC's "Lost" who produced the upcoming "Trek" but did not contribute to Orci and Kurtzman's screenplay. "But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."
Expect the scribes to wait until the release of Star Trek before they commit all their resources into the new script. Fan feedback will be used as a tool on deciding which direction to take the franchise.
"Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," he said. "With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."