Mar 31 2009Will Youthful Spock Die... Again???


Paramount is putting the tractor-beamed shuttle craft before the starship! (Or whatever the appropriate cart-before-the-horse Star Trek reference is.) Variety is reporting the studio is so confident about the success of their fresh-faced relaunch of the science fiction franchise that they're already preparing its sequel:

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.

Story is still in the embryonic stage, but the trio are aiming to deliver their script to the Melrose studio by Christmas for what would likely be a summer 2011 release.

As for potential storylines, Kurtzman stressed that the writing team will wait to take a cue from fan reaction about which direction to go.

"Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," he said. "With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."

Seems a little premature, but following the Star Trek Curse even/odd=bad/good philosophy, a hypothetical second film is probably already better than Final Frontier. I'll only start worrying once I hear Paramount is looking for a young Latino with a sculpted chest.

Reader Comments

Holy crap! Even their hairdo is still the same!

That looks a lot like Beyonce!

Are we going to watch!??

We're only going to watch if it doesn't look that much fake and lowbudget!

The movie will rule :) nuff said....

You got it backwards, its even=good (i.e., Wrath of Khan, Voyage Home), and odd=bad (i.e., Search for Spock, Final Frontier)

With the success of the new Star Trek movie, the Star Trek universe became not just rebooted but a continuation of the original storyline as well. But then, we're talking about a storyline mostly centered around time travel, so the timeline has changed many times.
This particular storyline (and movie) not only sees a older Spock (Nimoy) come back through time, but connects the story to 'Star Trek- Enterprise' by mentioning Admiral Archer and his 'award-winning beagle'.
But it goes back further than that. 'Star Trek- Enterprise' was a storyline that became connected to the movie 'Star Trek- First Contact' when the Borg traveled back in time to prevent first contact between humans and the Vulcans. The early part of the movie shows the Borg ship destroyed, only to show remains of a wreckage found in an episode of 'Enterprise' which then connects the future to the past....a NEW timeline is created.
So what does this mean? A NEW Star Trek universe with a NEW 'Star Trek- The Next Generation', 'Star Trek- Deep Space Nine' and 'Star Trek- Voyager' series to be created.
Wait a minute....
....if the timeline is changed, and the Enterprise 'D' isn't flung in front of the Borg cube by Q, then how does the Borg learn of the Federation and Alpha Quadrant and then goes back to prevent first contact....

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