J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot hasn’t hit theaters yet but that isn’t stopping Paramount from moving forward with a sequel.
Variety is reporting Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have been tapped to begin work on a Star Trek sequel script. Lindelof, co-creator of Lost with Abrams, was not involved with the first film’s script. The presumption is a script would be delivered by Christmas for a summer 2011 movie release.
Abrams is returning to produce alongside Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk. Whether Abrams returns to direct won’t be known probably until a script is completed and his schedule solidifies.
“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. “But we’re so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed.”
According to Kurtzman, fan reaction will determine which direction the sequel will move. With a franchise reboot there are seemingly limitless possibilities. Anyone up for a young renegade Khan?
Star Trek’s May 8 release is now only a little more than a month away.