We’ve always known that there would be a follow-up to 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot, and we’ve always assumed that director and producer J.J. Abrams would be involved with it, as integral as he was to the first film’s success. Now, we finally have confirmation that Abrams will be returning to the captain’s chair for a possible 2013 release.
“Star Trek” was a massive success both commercially and critically, garnering acclaim from seemingly everyone. But despite that, Abrams has been somewhat reluctant to officially commit to the sequel, much less set a date for it. According to New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog, however, Abrams is not only set to direct, but will begin shooting this winter.
The article cites insider reports that claim the film’s script will be done by the end of this month and that pre-production on the movie is already underway. While “Star Trek 2” was originally planned for a 2012 release date, that window has since been given to the upcoming “G.I. Joe” sequel, with the new “Star Trek” likely moving into 2013.
The movie’s home studio, Paramount, is said to have exercised their options on the entire core cast, so you should expect returns by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and all the rest. Also returning are the writers of the original film, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who are collaborating on the new script with Damon Lindelof and Abrams himself.