Tuesday, March 31, 2009

And speaking of sequels...

Paramount Pictures has re-hired writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman to work on a sequel to J.J. Abrams' unreleased Star Trek. Abrams will be back to produce the sequel along with his partner Bryan Burk, though it hasn't been confirmed if Abrams will be back to direct. The script should be ready by December of this year with a summer 2011 release in mind.

This looks like Paramount believes in Star Trek's ability to be a franchise. They're a hell of a lot more confident than I am. I know I'll watch, because I end up watching everything. But most of the people I know (everything from die hard Trek fans to action movie buffs) could literally care less about an upcoming Star Trek movie, much less a sequel to a film they barely give a damn about. I'm not saying Paramount shouldn't get ready in case the train heads out of the station, but I don't share the studio's confidence just yet. However, in the event that Star Trek does well, then they can get ready with a script, and if it crashes and burns they can always just scrap it. Variety reveals Kurtzman will listen to fans before the writers start a new script:

"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."

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