The official reboot of Star Trek doesn't come out until May 8th, but Paramount is clearly feeling very good about their product, seeing as they just hired three scribes to pen a screenplay for its sequel. Variety reports:
As Paramount Pictures readies the May 8 release of its "Star Trek" franchise relaunch, the studio is moving forward with a sequel, and has hired Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to pen the screenplay.
J.J. Abrams, who directed and produced the latest chapter, is onboard to produce the follow-up alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk. No decision has been made yet on whether Abrams will return behind the camera for the sequel.
If you're a fan of Lost, you know Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams, so having those names kept in the mix is definitely a good thing for sci-fi fans. Otherwise, I'm just glad to see that Paramount is exercising such support for its major tentpole release. It bodes well for the qulity of the sequel. Advertising has been strong, the story looks absolutely great, and, as someone who has never seen anything Star Trek related in his life, I'm getting very excited! Star Trek seems like a great way to kick off the summer. I'll give it an early box office prediction of $225 million. Are you all feeling the same anticipation?