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J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to beam back to the Enterprise?

A few weeks ago we at Entertainment Fuse reported the writing pair Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz were in talks to write the third Star Trek movie. Now The Hollywood Reporter have had an exclusive that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in talks with Paramount to write the anticipated sequel.

It has been reported that Bad Robot Productions have been looking for a new writing team, including Miller and Stentz and other younger writing teams, but Paramount continuity with Kurtzman and Orci who wrote Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. Kurtzman and Orci have extensive credits on film and television, writing Mission Impossible III, Cowboys and Aliens, the first two Transformers movies and episodes of Alias. They have also written the upcoming movies The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Edge of Tomorrow and producing Ender’s Game.

The big issue is scheduling due to Kurtzman and Orci’s television commitments with Fringe, Hawaii Five-0 and Transformers Prime. They have also written a pilot for a Sleepy Hollow TV series and they are currently attached to reboots of The Mummy and Van Helsing franchises for Universal.

Paramount are also in negotiations with J.J. Abrams to return as a producer of the next Star Trek movie, but it is unlikely he will return to direct due to his commitments to Star Wars Episode VII. It is unlikely Damon Lindelof who also co-wrote Star Trek Into Darkness will return to the series.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are expected to return to the series and Paramount and Skydance Productions are looking towards a 2016 release date to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.


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