‘Star Trek 3’ May Center on Klingons Says Writer Damon Lindelof

The screenwriter hints that Benedict Cumberbatch may return, if he survives ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, while Zachary Quinto talks about returning without J.J. Abrams.

Star Trek 3 may focus on the Klingons, according to writer Damon Lindelof
Star Trek 3 may focus on the Klingons, according to writer Damon Lindelof
With Star Trek Into Darkness about to hit theaters in exactly two weeks, talk has already shifted to the likely-inevitable Star Trek 3. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof revealed that there are already ideas brewing for a third installment.

"I think that is a reasonable conclusion. You should always know where you've been, you should always know where you are, but most importantly, and I learned this from Lost, you should know where you're going."

When asked how large a part the Klingons might play in Star Trek 3, the writer gave this response, although he would not confirm or deny that the story is strictly centered on the Klingons.

"You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we've given the audience a little taste, but there's also a promise that there's a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see."

The scribe also played coy when asked if Benedict Cumberbatch would return as the villainous John Harrison.

"To answer that question would be to determine whether or not he actually survives this movie, but if he survives this movie, I think that we would be incredibly stupid to not use him again."

While it may not happen in Star Trek 3, Damon Lindelof teased that The Borg and Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation may be introduced into the franchise, at some point.

""You can't talk about Trek and not talk about the Borg, and certainly about Q. Very iconic adversaries from The Next Generation which is, outside of the original cast films, was my entry way into Star Trek, so I wouldn't mind getting - towards the end of our run on Star Trek, maybe baby Picard could be born. There has to be some sort of crossover we're not thinking of."

Star Trek Into Darkness star Zachary Quinto also revealed that both he and Chris Pine are already locked in for a third installment.

"We both signed on for three movies, so if they make a third one, we'll probably be involved in it. It's exciting to see where the characters have come from, and imagine where they're going."

When asked if he would make Star Trek 3 without J.J. Abrams at the helm, Zachary Quinto offered the following response.

"Well, we have no choice. It's not our decision. We believe strongly in J.J. and trust him implicitly. If he's not able to direct a third one, I'm sure whoever he brings on board will be someone who commands our respect."

J.J. Abrams did reveal last month that there is still a possibility he can return to direct Star Trek 3.

Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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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Comments (14)

  1. bipolarmassive

    Oh gawd, Klingons once again! Talke about Klinging-on to a rehashed storyline...SMH!

    2 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  2. Trangalanga10

    @corey Of course he will, I wouln't be surprised if he directs the new Star Wars trilogy either, This is where he belongs

    2 years agoby @Trangalanga10Flag

  3. Corey W.

    @Trangalanga10 I'm sure he will. Star Trek is his baby right now. He'll be a very busy man these next few years. He'll probably work on Star Wars for about a year then he'll take a few months off and hopefully start Star Trek the Third

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  4. WongFu

    @rudy The Borg are only used in TNG timeline.

    I think the Gorn should take center stage if there is a fourth film.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  5. Rudy

    Or the Borg.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  6. Rudy

    How about an original enemy? Like say the destruction of Vulcan caused a Vulcan living on another planet to lose his sh*t and go batsh*t crazy, or someone who wasn't bad in the original universe goes bad in this one.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  7. Kill-Bill


    2 years agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  8. Kill-Bill

    I want to see Kang in the third movie, if C*mberbatch is not him

    2 years agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  9. skywise

    @ejk1 hahaha...I didnt mean to steal your thunder.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. ejk1

    @skywise Lol. I was going to write something about Tribbles, only to see you beat me to it, you bastard, :)

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  11. artkid04

    if they bring brett ratner on board for the third film I will seriously loose it

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  12. skywise

    There is only one enemy that needs to be done in the 3rd installment.

    "Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them ... better than I like you."

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Tomp1210

    They could go with something pretty out-there, like a big federation-involved event - that brings some of the weirdest stuff into view.

    Never mind, fire the lasers! lol

    2 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  14. Trangalanga10

    Abrams will return, just give him time.

    2 years agoby @Trangalanga10Flag

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