Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Yahoo News
J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" reboot hasn't even hit theaters yet, and already Paramount has begun working on it's sequel. Reportedly the studio is so certain that the film will be a huge hit, that they are getting an early jump on the next installment of what they hope will be a continuing movie series.
Reportedly Paramount is keeping the same production team in place for the new film that was responsible this summers release. J.J Abrams is already on board for the project, which will be co-written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, all of whom had a hand in creating the first film.
"Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," Kurtzman told Variety. "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."
Paramount is hoping to have a script ready to go by Christmas of this year so that production can start at the beginning of 2010. "Star Trek 2" has already been penciled in as a summer of 2011 release.
This latest "Trek" news comes hot on the heals of the announcement that Bryan Fuller has been writing a script for a brand-new television series based on Abram's new films.
I find it really interesting that Paramount is counting so much on the new "Star Trek" becoming a "huge" hit at the box office this summer. To date none of the prior "Trek" movies have made 'big money'. The highest grossing movie in the series, to date, was the entry from 1986, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", which made just over $100,000,000. The last film in the series, "Star Trek: Nemesis" only managed to bring in just over $43,000,000. The rest of the "Star Trek" movies did decently at the box office, but nothing near the figures Paramount is expecting this time around.
It should be noted that the prior films had established casts from both the original "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation", plus a fan base for both programs to bank on. This time around the series is starting off "fresh."
Will fans of J.J. Abrams "Lost" all jump on board for "Star Trek"? ......Time will tell.
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