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Paramount Gives the Star Trek Sequel an Early Greenlight!

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March 31, 2009

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In advance of its May 8th release, Paramount has already preemptively greenlit a sequel to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, and has confirmed that screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will be back. Joining those two, however, will be Damon Lindelof, a Paramount producer and writer for "Lost" who helped get this Star Trek reboot off the ground with J.J. Abrams to begin with. No decision has been made on whether Abrams will return to direct the sequel. Although we can expect to hear a lot more about this in May, soon after it hits theaters. It looks like Abrams has indeed already successfully rebooted this franchise!

While Paramount is hoping to get this made for a summer 2011 release, no ideas for a story have been solidified just yet. Kurtzman, Orci, and Lindelof will wait to hear from the fans before deciding which way to go next. "Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," Kurtzman 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." For someone who is truly excited for this reboot this summer, I can say this makes me even more excited.

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  • Great news, Damon is one of the best writers in the game so it will be fun to see him team up with Kurtzman and Orci!
  • Kal-el
    Maybe they could call the sequal Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Picard
  • Fuelbot
    Extremely excited Damon is involved. He already has a story credit on the first flick. He is easily one of the best showrunners working today so it'll be good to see his transition to film proper. Esp since there's all those rumors that he's still gonna write the first movie in the Dark Tower series.
  • Rad
    Alex, They've not greenlit the project All they've done is hire the writers, it'll be greenlit after the movie releases to a big opening (assuming it does)
  • dp
    as long as they keep making it i'll keep watching it fingers crossed they have this nailed for gritty realism in a fiction future........... curious to see how simon pegg pegs out as we brits say as scottie whats the betting a tv series will be getting a reboot circa 2011/12 also?
  • chris vu
    wait so the guys who wrote Transformers wrote the new Star Trek? I'm a little worried. I just hope that Spock or Captain Kirk don't pee on anybody. Or tell someone to strip and then handcuff them to a pole. "Criminals are hot!" - S7 guy to Megan Fox. WTF???????????????????????????????????????
  • FM
    NOOOOOOO!! NOT MORE!!
  • funny man
    man this website sucks! "Don't hurt yourself buddy, I'll go to big choice video instead.
  • Conrad
    #4, that's totally wrong, wtf kinda explanation was that? Fuck this movie. seriously, this looks like sci-fi trash instead of gold. J.J. Abrams is the "prince of mediocrity" as far as I am concerned. Everything's he's done, including produces is always mediocre @ best....
  • Greedo the Rodian
    Lindelof can finish off with Lost before embarking on this. I haven't seen the movie obviously, but I don't like the Kirk. And I don't see it becoming a franchise with those actors.
  • cinemabandit
    Wow! I can see the basic premise working well as a TV series. 😉
  • Kal-el
    #9 so Lost is mediocre. It has been a huge ratings winner and what I love about it is that it is original. There are way to many Law shows and reality shows on tv nowadays. I think this show is really good, as I don't like watching the same shit over and over again.
  • zetsu
    we haven't even seen the fucking film yet,how can they say it warrents a sequel yet it could be a massive flop,i hope not because i just fucking love j.j.abrahams work lost,cloverfield & some of the episodes of the fringe are so fucking cool.
  • feohatestheworld
    Don't you love it Feo!? HAHA!
  • They said the same thing about the Dragonball movie. I think its just something they say these days to boost box office sales of the current installment. But if it turns out to be true, then in my opinion its very welcome news.
  • gunit
    I saw the movie... one of the best trek's. They can go in many direction now if they wanted to, but you know that in the future where spock came from, when planet Vulcan just dissapears, the federation will send someone to try to make it right. In my opinion though that can wait till a third movie... let's play with this alternate reality one more time... On another note... Kirk has had his ultimate enemy in Kahn, Spock in Nero, and Picard in his clone... In various series: Janeway's ultimate enemy in the Borg queen, DS9: Sisco's nemesis is Dukate the cardassian, but what about Will Riker... even Worf and Data have had ultimate enemys, but what about Riker? That can possibly be in line if he is the one sent back in time to fix what Nero has done. Further... Young Spock is bound to find out what young Kirk knows about future events, he melded with the old spock from the future... So things can be prevented? In a forth movie though... Please let's have fun with this story line for a little, Vulcan was a mainstay now it was destroyed in the past... Kirk never lost his father that way... Both Kirk and Spock are a little different because of Nero's actions...That brings up alot of questions... Kirk and Spock will always be a little different in this time line... I think the writers should exploit that. Make us forget a little more of previous Strat Trek then fix it again cause it is bound to happen, The Fedaration will have a timeline where Spock has dissapeared and so has Vulcan so they will send someone experienced( like Riker or Data) to aid Spock... Just logical... LOL But seriously... To the writers... Exploit this new timeline just one more time at least... I have always loved star trek and this new time line has made it interesting... The fixing of it wil be equaly as interesting... The only this is 2011 for another sequal is a while to wait... Not nesassary with this new timeline... how about late 2010... it has been done before so the writers can get a script together rather quick if they wanted.
  • Bill Cousert
    Any chance we could see a new T.V. series, possibly also produced/directed by J.J. Abrahams? Keep doing the movies with Kirk and company, but also do a new series or two with other characters.
  • Loved the movie to :) was quite said vulcan got sucked into a blackhole thou, does that mean tuvok was never born? changing voyagers timeline to? not bare thinking about really, reminded me of the Large Hydro Collider as well if we are not careful thats what will happen to earth come sep 2009 :/ anyway i think the sequel should def have picard to come bk to help old spock fix the timeline :) bring back enterprise E! 😀
  • Gort
    I agree with gunit. I loved the movie and want to see what they can do with the new timeline. But here's what bothers me the most. If this event (Vulcan destroyed) had happened in ANY other Trek incarnation, there would be no doubt the entire story would be about how to go back and fix it. Everyone in this movie, both Spocks included, just took it at face value. But here's how I'd like to see it repaired. Hopefully, there can be two, three or maybe four more movies full of adventures of the "new" old Enterprise and crew but with a broad story arc of trying to find a way to restore the timeline. There are several ways this could happen -- I mean old Spock knows where the Guardian of Forever is, for example. When fianlly accomplished, screen fades to black, fades back in to reveal Captain Pike, Number One, Dr. Piper, and Spock aboard the Enterprise intercepting a distress call from Talos IV. Roll credits. Hey Paramount. I give you this idea freely, no compensation required.

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