With just a little over a month before Paramount Pictures releases Star Trek (May 1, 2009), the studio is moving forward with a sequel and has hired Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman (who wrote the first film) and Damon Lindelof to pen the screenplay.
Director J.J. Abrams will be back to produce alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk, but no decision has been made yet on whether Abrams will return to direct the sequel. The three screenwriters will also be receiving producing credit for the sequel.
Read the rest after the jump, plus check out some new photos and high-res art of the final U.S. poster.
Variety adds that while the story is still in the early stages, the trio plan to deliver their script to Paramount Pictures by the summer 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 to potential storylines, Kurtzman notes that the writing team will wait on fan reaction to see what direction they should go in:
“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.”
Here’s the poster and new images.
Head on over to TrekMovie to check out more images (which come from back of the Rittenhouse card set).