Paramount Gives the Star Trek Sequel an Early Greenlight!
by Alex Billington
March 31, 2009
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.