STAR TREK 3 to be Written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; J.J. Abrams Negotiating to Produce

     August 5, 2013


While a new screenwriting team in the form of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (ThorX-Men: First Class) was recently teased as possibly taking over Paramount’s Star Trek film franchise, it looks like familiar faces Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will once again be returning for Star Trek 3.  The screenwriters are in negotiations to write the newest installment.  Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams is in his own negotiations to produce the film.  Damon Lindelof will not be returning, according to the report; he’s likely busy with his upcoming HBO series, The Leftovers.  Hit the jump for more on this screenwriting news, why it’s great for the studio (and screenwriters themselves, obviously) but not necessarily a win for fans.

Heat Vision reports thatbob-orci-alex-kurtzman Kurtzman and Orci will once again return to pen Star Trek 3.  Not surprisingly, no plot details are available at the moment and the film remains without an official title or release date.  Stars Chris PineZachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are expected to return and one would be surprised if Paramount missed Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016.  Though Paramount toyed with the idea of bringing in a fresh screenwriting team, apparently Kurtzman/Orci were able to find an opening in their busy schedules that satisfied the studio.

Kurtzman and Orci’s first effort in 2009′s Star Trek earned about $258 million stateside and nearly $386 million worldwide.  Their follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness managed respective hauls of $226 million domestic and $451 million global.  Though it’s difficult to tell what each film’s profit margin ended up being for the studio due to deflated budget reports and veiled marketing costs, it’s likely that Paramount sided with bringing Kurtzman and Orci back for consistency’s sake, rather than take a risk with the franchise.  Ironically, risk-taking is what the spirit of Star Trek is all about, but something the films have yet to reflect.

Star Trek Into Darkness took a lot of well-deserved flak for co-opting an iconic villain and plotline from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, remained stubbornly vague when pressed on related questions prior to the film’s release and then failed to execute said plot points in the film in any sort of impactful way.  One highlight of Star Trek Into Darkness was that its ending [spoiler] suggests the Enterprise crew is finally going to go, ya know, into space.

Trek’s Karl Urban recently voiced a wish shared by many fans about the upcoming film, saying (via IGN):

“What I really believe we should do now is strive for originality. Because in Star Trek Into Darkness we took one of the most revered and loved adversaries of the Enterprise and put him in there, and did a story that had all of these wonderful nods to films from the past, and episodes from the past. I really think that what we should do from here, in my personal opinion, is strive to be original. Strive to be something different and new. You know, let’s not forget that Star Trek as envisioned was about space exploration. And it would be really wonderful to harness the spirit of that and apply it to the next film, so that we do something different than a revenge-based picture.”

Sorry, Urban. The rehiring of Kurtzman and Orci prevents any sense of freshness for the next film.  While their return could result in an original space-based script, I’d be less surprised to see a rehash of stories we’ve already seen.  If you were fans of the duo’s previous Trek work, or any of their other screenwriting efforts, this comes as good news to you.  If you’re like me and want to see a more original (and, God forbid, coherent) script, it looks like we’re stuck waiting for another series reboot.


  • Mulvi

    There is no god.

  • Johnny Bubonic

    No plot details are available at the moment, and none will be available until they scribble something on a legal pad the day before filming starts. God, these guys suck so bad.

  • RedMercury

    Let’s see…a movie-length version of “City on the Edge of Forever” based on the original Harlan Ellison script?

  • El Alto

    Like all of you, I’ll watch it anyway.

  • Dave M

    Yeah after ‘Into Darkness’ I have no faith in the third one. That was the Phantom Menace of Trek films.

  • zac

    hahah would love to have seen the look on Matt Goldbergs face once this news came through

  • Person

    Apologies in advance, as my knowledge of Star Trek movies began in summer 2009, but I honestly liked STiD quite a bit, probably more than the reboot. Is Wrath of Khan really worth seeking out or did STiD cop so much of it that I’d basically be watching the same movie? Curious to know if people who didn’t like STiD felt that way because they saw WoK first or because WoK is simply the superior movie.

    • Me

      Wrath of Khan is indeed an excellent film, but for some reason a few bitchy fanboys are making it sound like STID was just a cheap ripoff, which it wasn’t. They used the same villain. Why is that so bad? Cumberbatch did an excellent job. The movie WAS original.

      • mbmarquis69

        No, sadly, it wasn’t original. It was a remix. That’s not necessarily a bad thing whether you are a long time fan or a new one like “Person” above. But for many of us who consider ourselves more thoughtful and multidimensional than simply “bitchy”, it was greatly disappointing.

        Let’s forget for a moment about the other film that STID co-opted. The movie managed to squander much of the magic its 2009 predecessor created. 2009 gave us an alternate timeline full of endless possibilities. Where was that film?

        What we got was a storyline that chose to retread ground that was much loved and iconic. And did so by completely throwing out its own rule book.

        I didn’t hate STID. I was just greatly disappointed that it didn’t try to do something bold and creative. But hey, it looked amazing, so there’s that.

    • Gish

      See WOK. It’s the best of the original films and it will give you a little better perspective to appreciate STID, which had many callbacks to WOK. You’ll see how Abrams and the writers crafted an original story via the Khan myth in their new timeline.

    • Gish

      See WOK. It’s the best of the original films and it will give you a little better perspective to appreciate STID, which had many callbacks to WOK. You’ll see how Abrams and the writers crafted an original story via the Khan myth in their new timeline.

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  • Joe

    Trinity of Hacks please just go away…
    Kurtzman, Orci, Lindelof

  • Strong Enough

    Into Darkness was amazing. but J.J. NEEDS to stop with the god damn mystery box stuff. Luckily he won’t be able to to do that with Star Wars.

    • CalypsoArt

      STID directed by Jar Jar Abrams. Lucky for him no one expects plots or quality writing in Star Wars like they do in Trek. These hacks will do great.

      • Strong Enough

        Michael Arndt is writing Star Wars jackass. go fuck yourself

      • CalypsoArt

        Woah, you Ewoks are so easily brought to anger. Sounds like Jar Jar’s next Movie, “Rise of the Ewoks: 3′-6″ of Lightni Vengeance.”

      • Strong Enough

        put a dick in your ear and fuck what you heard

  • CC

    Wow, these movies were very good. Stop complaining fanboys.

    • M

      Thank you. Finally some sense. Loved both movies, especially STID.

      • Hop

        I thought the first one was entertaining and solid, though with a poor villain. I thought the second one was badly scripted, poorly acted, lazily plotted, and terribly shot. 2 Stars.

      • CC

        I thought they were well crafted movies miles ahead of the William Shatner lead movies. He is a terrible actor at best…

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  • Hop

    I TOTALLY agree. Kurtzman and Orci should have been fired the moment the abysmal STID came out. It was incoherent, lazy, sloppy, and often just bad. It can’t get much worse, so, y’know, why not get Lindelof to hop on the bandwagon again!

  • mathy

    More remake shit, star trek is dead and the two remakes by jj do not count, they killed star trek with the remakes. Star wars is next to be killed by the hack jj!

  • Matty Ice

    God damn, you fanboys are whiney idiots. Here’s a news flash. No writer in the history of ever has any say over the finished product. Max Brooks had so much control over World War Z, right? Doesn’t matter who you are or how successful you’ve been, you get your marching orders and you must fulfill them or else they can your ass because you’re cheap labor compared to the “real talent.” Yes, please God get rid of these terrible writers. Oh sob. Bring back the good ol’ days of Insurrection, Nemesis, and The Final Frontier because every other film in this series is just pure gold, right? But hey, there’ll always be good ol’ Wrath of Khan (fap fap fap).

    • mbmarquis69

      Actually I would be pleased if they would never try to bring back any “good old days” of any previous film. Give us a new storyline and go in new and original directions with this crew. You know, like we were promised.

      • Matty Ice

        Honestly, what are you talking about? You were “promised” to go in new and original directions? Yeah, that was so explicitly stated by bringing back the original freaking crew! Gosh, I can’t believe they used Khan in a story that had Kirk, Spock, Sulu, Uhura, Bones, Scotty, and Chekov (and Klingons). Can you believe the gall of these filmmakers? We were promised originality and now we’ve been betrayed! Rise up my fellow fanboys! Ohhh, let the butthurt flow through us!

      • mbmarquis69

        Looks like you need to go back and rewatch 2009. You might be surprised to remember that it involves an alternate timeline, and even a line from the characters stating “whatever our lives may have been before has changed”. So, yeah, new and original directions.

        Additionally, I think I responded with a clear and distinct viewpoint without resorting to the hysterics that you did. Thanks for pointing out which of us is more mature.

      • Matty Ice

        So let me get this straight. You’re actually delusional enough to believe they brought back all the aforementioned characters and scenarios to specifically not reference them in any way possible? Please, tell me who’s more mature now.

  • Neven

    Noting that suprises me, considering they did previous two.

    Stop bitchin’ about them. I loved last two ST films, and they did far better job with them then Transformers, for example. All you can do is complain how they, and JJ and Lidelof ruined Star Trek and how It’s nowhere near to previous ones.

    News flash, hot shots: Star Trek had only 3, maybe 4 good movies out of 10. If you want to believe movies such as Nemesis, Insurrection or The Final Frontier were sooo better than ’09. Trek, believe. But I tell you it ain’t the case.

  • Joseph M

    The first Trek delivered. The second one was messy, lazy and disturbingly unaware of what a Trek film should be. I think these guys get complacent very quickly. Same with Lost.

  • Yahzee

    … Matt? Is that you?

  • Yahzee

    … Kurtzman and Orci wrote Star Trek and everybody loves them. Now, some folks didn’t like Star Trek Into Darkness and everyone wants to crucify the writers…

  • CalypsoArt

    Nothing can get me into a theater to see another of these poorly written, poorly plotted, outright chicken factory packaged product films. The first was bearable, the last was truly horrendous. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. So I wonder if these writers produce interesting pieces and then are overruled by the commercial interests involved, or are they really that bad?

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