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Star Trek 3 on pace for a 2016 release, will have more Klingons and less J.J. Abrams, according to Damon Lindelof

05.03.2013

With STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS poised to be one of the top grossing movies of the summer, it is no surprise that Paramount is already planning on STAR TREK 3. Despite J.J. Abrams now being committed to STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hitting for a 2015 premiere, Paramount's goal of the follow-up to STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS being released in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original Gene Roddenberry series may not be attainable with the same director in place.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof told Trek Movie he doesn't see J.J. Abrams directing the third film without cloning himself.  Paramount would be foolish to not maximize the 50th anniversary, so who could take over the reigns from Abrams?  Roberto OrciAlex Kurtzman?  The directorial debut of Lindelof himself?  Who knows.

What we do know is that there is already a seed planted in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS to possibly be explored in the third film.  Also according to Lindelof:

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

Lindelof also played coy on whether Benedict Cumberbatch would return for a third film saying it all depends on whether he survives STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, an answe we will all get when the movie hits on May 17th.  For now, we know that the press rounds for the new film are the last item before Abrams dives deep into STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

With that in mind, check out this great chat between Abrams and his STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS cast-member (and STAR WARS superfan) Simon Pegg about tackling George Lucas' galaxy far, far away.

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8:24PM on 05/05/2013
Personally, I'm hoping that Simon Pegg and Benedict Cumberbatch both get roles in Star Wars Ep VII.
Personally, I'm hoping that Simon Pegg and Benedict Cumberbatch both get roles in Star Wars Ep VII.
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2:13AM on 05/04/2013

JJ should come back to finish the trilogy but...

If JJ can't come back I think Duncan Jones, Rian Johnson, or Neill Blomkamp would be the best and most interesting replacements. In a tier down from those choices would be Bryan Singer, Jon Favreau, or Justin Lin. But Paramount should hold off and let JJ finish what he started.
If JJ can't come back I think Duncan Jones, Rian Johnson, or Neill Blomkamp would be the best and most interesting replacements. In a tier down from those choices would be Bryan Singer, Jon Favreau, or Justin Lin. But Paramount should hold off and let JJ finish what he started.
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8:42PM on 05/03/2013
Would hate to see him not come back to finish the trilogy.
Would hate to see him not come back to finish the trilogy.
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8:04PM on 05/03/2013
Hey Paramount, hold yer horses! J.J. said recently he'd love to be able to do another Trek after his time with the Wars, just give him a year or two. Marking the 50th anniversary is cool, but not if it compromises the movie.
Hey Paramount, hold yer horses! J.J. said recently he'd love to be able to do another Trek after his time with the Wars, just give him a year or two. Marking the 50th anniversary is cool, but not if it compromises the movie.
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7:31PM on 05/03/2013
Maybe it's time to bring in Brad Bird?
Maybe it's time to bring in Brad Bird?
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10:51PM on 05/03/2013
I concur. He showed his ability to pick up the reigns of a series post-Abrams.
I concur. He showed his ability to pick up the reigns of a series post-Abrams.
6:13PM on 05/03/2013
Historically, film series that changed directors on the third film haven't turned out to well. X-Men, Batman, Terminator, Jurassic Park, Mummy. Granted, some of those films are better than others, but Abrams isn't an easy director to replace.
Historically, film series that changed directors on the third film haven't turned out to well. X-Men, Batman, Terminator, Jurassic Park, Mummy. Granted, some of those films are better than others, but Abrams isn't an easy director to replace.
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8:37PM on 05/03/2013
There are exceptions. For example, the Iron Man franchise. Same directors for the first two films, but different director for the third. The reason why I think is an exception is because I thought Iron Man 3 was the best Iron Man film out of the trilogy and Shane Black was a BIG reason why.
There are exceptions. For example, the Iron Man franchise. Same directors for the first two films, but different director for the third. The reason why I think is an exception is because I thought Iron Man 3 was the best Iron Man film out of the trilogy and Shane Black was a BIG reason why.
4:25PM on 05/03/2013

That would be a shame

That would be a shame if they did. If they got someone like Spielberg, maybe they could keep the magic. But what do I know.
That would be a shame if they did. If they got someone like Spielberg, maybe they could keep the magic. But what do I know.
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