Relative newcomers J.D. Payne
and Patrick McKay
have been hired to join Roberto Orci
in co-writing the next installment in the Star Trek
film franchise for Skydance and Paramount Pictures.
Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman
veterans as they’ve written the last two Star Trek
movies along with Damon Lindelof
in Paramount’s rebooted series that were directed by J.J. Abrams
JJ, who admitted earlier this week that he harbored some regrets about trying to keep the Benedict Cumberbatch
character’s identity under wraps, is currently set to direct 2015s Star Wars: Episode VII
and is now writing the screenplay with Lawrence Kasdan.
Previously, Abrams’ production company Bad Robot set Payne and McKay to pen the adaptation of the graphic novel-picture book ‘Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel
‘, which is still in development.
J.J. Abrams will co-produce the third installment and the studios are hoping to get it into theaters in time for Star Trek
’s 50th anniversary in 2016.
Attack the Block
director Joe Cornish
was at one point rumored to take over on Star Trek 3
, but he’s reportedly no longer involved.
Star Trek Into Darkness
stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
and Zoe Saldana
are all expected to return for a third Trek movie.
We’ll keep you updated, so stay tuned.