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The third Star Trek film in Paramount’s rebooted version of the science fiction franchise now has a team of writers. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to work with Roberto Orci on the next film in the series.
Although Orci, who co-wrote the previous two Star Trek films with Alex Kurtzman, Kurtzman is not expected to return, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Damon Lindelof also worked on the Star Trek Into Darkness script and at this point, it looks like he won’t be involved either.
Collider notes that Payne and McKay did do some work for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in the past, writing a script based on Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. They also did a script for Relativity called Goliath, but that project has also gone nowhere lately. They also did a Spike TV script called Deadliest Warrior, but that didn’t happen either.
Abrams will not be able to direct Star Trek 3 since he’s busy on the Star Wars franchise now, although he will produce. Back in September, he confirmed that he won’t be in the director’s chair and did voice support for Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. Another person fans would like to see step in is Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish.
Stars Chris Pine,Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are returning for Star Trek 3. Paramount and Skydance Productions are hoping to release the film by 2016, when the franchise turns 50. It worked well for James Bond and Skyfall, so it could work for the Enterprise crew.