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STAR TREK Sequel in 2011?

Paramount fast tracking a Trek sequel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 31, 2009
Source: Variety

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Paramount Pictures is preparing to fast track a sequel to this summer's Star Trek, with screenwriting team Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman returning alongside Damon Lindelof to write the screenplay for a follow-up to the upcoming May 8 release. Just last week, Orci and Kurtzman announced that they were passing on writing Transformers 3 so they likely knew early that Paramount wanted to lock them in for a fast-tracking Trek sequel.

J.J. Abrams, who directed and produced the new film, is on board to produce the follow-up alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk with Variety reporting that no decision has been made yet on whether Abrams will direct the sequel. Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof also are receiving producing credit on the sequel.

The trade says the story is still in the embryonic stage, 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 stressed that the writing team will wait to take a cue from fan reaction about which direction to go.

"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."

Though Orci and Kurtzman have worked together as a writing team for more than 12 years, the duo has worked with Lindelof on only one screenplay: DreamWorks' Cowboys and Aliens, which they are currently writing together.

Paramount has high hopes for the Star Trek relaunch, and is pulling out all the stops on the marketing front. Studio began a full-scale campaign six months before the film's May bow.


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popa 3/31/2009 3:56:44 AM

I really hope Paramount realizes what's riding on this sequel.  The original TV series was an amazing breakthrough in television at a time when unbelievably stupid American politicians were doing incredibly stupid and evil things. Then Startrek came along with a vision that America could rise above the  idiot politician scum.  In those dark days, just the idea that our leaders could be more than just self-serving criminals like Nixon was inspiring.

These are better days and Star Trek has a new vision to aspire to. Unfortunately this also means that it's a longer way to fall.  If the new Star Trek  doesn't realize its heritage and becomes just as inspiring (relatively speaking) as the original, then it will not have lived up to the vision of the original. 

StarlightGuard 3/31/2009 4:12:34 AM

this is yet another possibility I was worried about.....a sequel to a movie that is, of course, best considered Star Trek Wars.

maybe call it Star Wrecks

Bryzarro 3/31/2009 4:19:21 AM

See but thats just the point.  They can't just follow what was made 40 years ago today and hope that with everyone's short attention span that they will catch on and everyone will be happy.  I have no idea what kind of dialogue they will have but we can't keep referenceing how the original went and that they should follow that template.  Maybe some aspects but come on. 

They're trying to make money and restart a franchise.  No 16-25 year old can sit and watch the original series and find it inspiring and great ( I have 4 siblings in that range) with the climate of the world now unfortunatly they do need explosions and flashy light but with a guys like Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelof and especially JJ Abrams I'm one of the people that believe this group is no flash in the pan.  Not just throwing ideas at a wall and hoping they stick.  They'll give us a full effort and story that will catch everyone.  Really looking forward to this flick and really glad to see a sequel is being green lit.

Riddick316 3/31/2009 4:41:09 AM

I have a feeling that this movie will do great at the box office,but now it'll be sequel after sequel,and eventually some of the sequels(you know they'll be a III,IV,etc)will suck or have a tired storyline. They'll milk it until people say enough......just like with the original crew. Don't get me wrong I love Star Trek,and any good scifi,but these execs want more and more money no matter what they do to the films.

Am I the only one who feels,at least, a little like this? 

StarlightGuard 3/31/2009 5:06:21 AM

yes that's true Bryzarro, and I'm able to let Abrams' new Trek slide on the account of "we didn't see all five years of the original five year mission"

my greatest fear is he's going to greatly contradict what has happened, thus breaking the continuity and greatly destroying what is a, for the most part, solid mythology

as for the attention spans, we ourselves are at fault for that

a lot of people need an explosion every so often just to keep them interested, and I don't think that's the best way to make a movie

in fact, that's pretty much how the standard screenplay plot formatting system works, at this point THIS has to happen, and this point THIS should happen, it makes it predictable, it's all timed too perfectly, and we're all dogs salivating at the chimes because we're supposed to get food when the chimes ring

I have no opinion of Abrams and his hot shot writers outside of Trek....but inside Trek, it's a whole different animal

Bryzarro 3/31/2009 5:42:44 AM

Good points Starlight.  Movies sequences have become very pradictable.  But with a Star Trek movies you are going to have action anyways.  I mean at least one space battle and most likley a couple on the ground.  But i'm not one of those that has to have explosions to make me like a movie.  But I still do think that inside Trek these gues will do it justice.  In regards to the Mythology I have to say that I can see them re-shaping it.  Again they won't just take line for line original canon and revive it, I think we're more likely to see Abrams versions or close variations of storylines.  I mean look at that writer who is suing becasue he thinks his Trek story is the basis for this movie. 

We'd have all of those others come out of the woodwork if they tapped the old episodes and storylines.  I think the main part of the re-vamp is to move the series in a new direction so they can create their own stories and go from there.  I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt at least until the movie is over and I can judge it accrdingly.

And 316mio- I do feel that once this goes past the 3rd sequel it will most likely be watered down and will run the risk of damaging this franchise.  Just my thought.

Hobbs 3/31/2009 6:22:29 AM

Considering only one Trek movie ever made over 100 mil this is a bold move already.  Of course, if the movie tanks the sequel mentions will quickly disappear.

Come on Starlight...Trek has been destroying cannon for years.  You already know this movie is going to do more of that just by the design of the Enterprise.

As far as the sequel after sequel do realize there is are already 10 trek movies out there, don't you?  This isn't a Jason or Freddy series.  As long as its good keeping it going won't be an issue.  They could even go with the big story arc like they did with movies 2 through 4. 

StarlightGuard 3/31/2009 6:29:13 AM

sure the multitude of Trek writers have gotten things wrong with the mythology before....accidental, uninformed, etc.

I'm not saying these things didn't happen

but peple Braga outright ignored Trek mythos, creating their own at times

the believability in anything with a concise history is threatened when that history is interrupted and changed around

you know Bryzarro, (and I don't want to pick on your avatar specifically) but the superman image that is displayed is yet another example of our perceptions going horribly askew

if Clark\Supes really looked like that, Clark would stand out like a sore thumb....and anyone could easily pick him off, just target the butch guys with kryptonite and see which falls

our perceptions get bigger, faster, bolder...sometimes we need to step back

and clark shouldn't look like he wants to pump you up

elrushbo 3/31/2009 7:57:51 AM

This is great news, the trailers look excellent, I am looking forward to this movie even more! It will almost certainly make more than any other Trek movie-it will easily do more in it's opening weekend than "Nemesis" did its' whole run. Star Trek is FINALLY gettng the treatment it deserves. No more shoestring budget movies made on the extreme cheap. Star Trek has always been about characters, but it IS science fiction, not Masterpiece Theater, and that means action, spaceships, battles, etc, and I would rather see those things look as good as possible. It will be cool to see Earth and Vulcan in more detail, and to see ships that don't look like tin covered models like the Enterprise-E.

Bryzarro 3/31/2009 8:01:21 AM

Starlight - I actually wanted the toned down image but this is all I could find.  But I think your reference is more comics than this film.  And if thats the case i do agree on distorted images.  But not sure i see the connection to this discussion.

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