Paramount’s re-start of the Star Trek film series is just over a month away, but as Variety reports, the studio already has an eye on a second installment. To these ends, Roberto Orici, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have already been hired to write the sequel to the J.J. Abrams’ first film.
Abrams will produce the second film, along with his producing partner Bryan Burk. Abrams has not yet decided if he will direct the second installment. The three writers will also serve as producers for the second film.
As the trade reports, the three writers are looking to deliver the script by the holidays this year, for 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."