With the May 8 release of Star Trek still weeks away, Paramount is already planning a sequel. The studio has hired Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to write the screenplay.
Director J.J. Abrams is onboard to produce the follow-up alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk, but No decision has been made yet on whether Abrams will be directing again.
Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof also are receiving producing credit on the sequel.
The story is still in the very early stages, but the trio are aiming to deliver their script to the Melrose studio by Christmas for what would likely be a summer 2011 release.
“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.”
As for potential storylines, Kurtzman indicated that the writing team will wait to take a cue from fan reaction about which direction to take the new story.
“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.”
Orci and Kurtzman have worked together as a writing duo for more than 12 years. They have worked with Lindelof on only one other screenplay: DreamWorks’ Cowboys and Aliens, which they are currently working on.
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