‘Star Trek 3’ Brings Back Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman with J.J. Abrams Producing

Co-writer Damon Lindelof is not returning to write the follow-up to this summer’s blockbuster ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’.

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman sign on to write Star Trek 3
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman sign on to write Star Trek 3
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are in negotiations to write the screenplay for Star Trek 3, with J.J. Abrams in talks to remain aboard the franchise as a producer.

Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof is not going to be a part of this sequel, which Paramount is hoping to release in 2016, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series created by Gene Roddenberry. The studio had flirted with bringing a new writing team on board, recently meeting with Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), before coming back to Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are expected to return as Kirk, Spock, and Uhura. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman also wrote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and are producing the Untitled Mummy Reboot and Van Helsing remake through their first-look deal at Universal Pictures. They also have the upcoming TV series Sleepy Hollow, debuting September 16 on Fox.

Earlier today, we reported that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) is a top candidate to direct the sequel, although it isn't known if others are in the mix for the coveted gig as well.

Star Trek 3 comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba. The film is directed by Justin Lin.

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  1. Sean

    @gumperman Yes, unfortunately.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic Yep, that's all we can do.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  3. Sean

    @gumperman I guess we'll have to wait see how it all pans out.

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  4. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic I don't think there would be enough time for the 2016 release that Paramount wants. The same reason J.J. isn't directing it. Matt Reeves or Brad Bird would have more time then Abrams or Snyder to direct STAR TREK 3.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  5. Sean

    @gumperman Maybe Zach Snyder could direct it, after he directs Man of Steel 2 ?

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  6. gumperman

    They are all just names of directors who has worked on JJ Abrams tv shows and stuff. So I'm just saying, they know his style and can direct great stuff if given his guidance. Zack Snyder will be busy with MAN OF STEEL 2 though.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  7. Sean

    @gumperman A lot of those names you've mentioned of, of people who could direct Star Trek 3, I've never heard of any of them. But, Who ever directs Star Trek 3, if it isn't going to be J.J. Abrams, then maybe Zack Snyder could direct it ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic Yeah, I'm hoping someone who has directed for JJ before would do this instead, like Matt Reeves or Brad Bird, so we will know that the franchise is in good hands, but those two are both busy already with DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES & TOMORROWLAND. Though, if they finished those projects soon, both are coming out next year, they may still be able to direct STAR TREK 3 for a release in 2016 like Paramount hopes for. If not what about Jack Bender or Stephen Williams who were directors on LOST and directed more episodes than any other director for that show. Or what about a director from FRINGE, like Brad Anderson who has already done a few films? I'm just saying, Reeves came from FELICITY and look at him now.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  9. SpockDS9

    If Abrams has a part i have complete faith

    2 years agoby @SpockDS9Flag

  10. Replicant

    @mikehd The first was great, the second could have been greater and instead was generic as it gets. I mean I enjoyed it, it's entertaining and I'll watch it again at some point but apart from good action setpieces it was pretty lame. Orci and Kurtzman are pushing the limits of mediocrity with their scripts.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  11. Sean

    I think J.J Abrams will be producing Star Trek 3 and a different director will be directing Star Trek 3, but J.J. abrams will most likely make sure that the new director will direct Star Trek 3 the same way he would direct it.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. LuxoIII

    Been loving these movies and I'll be sad to see JJ go. I hear Rupert Wyatt might be up for the next one....interesting.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  13. mikehd

    How do figure this franchise is going down when the first two movies were excellent and got great reviews

    2 years agoby @mikehdFlag

  14. Josh

    Looks unlikely Abrams will be back to direct. I expected as much.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  15. Replicant

    I'm sorry but this franchise is going downhill.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  16. CoreyB

    So is this confirming that jj is out of the director chair? Kinda blows

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  17. Devastattor

    This franchise will become the Transformers; good brains building the race car with an idiot behind the wheel.

    2 years agoby @DevastattorFlag

  18. Gandoff

    This is a good news bad news kinda deal...

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

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