Paramount must have hopes in the stratosphere for the upcoming rebooted Star Trek franchise. Variety is reporting that the studio has already hired screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to pen the sequel to the yet-to-be-released film. The script is supposedly due to be submitted at Christmas. (Those heartless bastards!!) According to Lindelhof:
"There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet, but we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."
Lindelhoff is also the co-creator of ABC's Lost with J.J. Abrams (who is directing the "first" Trek.) While Abrams will not be contributing to the screenplay, he will be producing by way of his production company, Bad Robot. Also, given his involvement in the project, his return to the director's chair would seem an inevitability (barring the first film being a disaster.)
It's difficult to tell if there is something that should be read into this bit of news. I'm sure that Paramount would love nothing more than to defibrillate the stagnant Star Trek franchise, getting it back up and running as the money-generating cash cow it once was. However, one must wonder if this enthusiasm is based on something substantive, rather than the fuzzy memories of the Trek name. Was this the result of successful screenings with Paramount insiders? Frankly, I'm hoping for the latter. I certainly would be willing to overlook some minor canonical inconsistencies if it means getting an exciting and re-energized Star Trek.
What will we get? A brilliant mix of action and drama in the context of the classic Star Trek universe? Or, will it simply give into baser instincts and give us teeny-bopper drama in space that would be more accurately referred to as "NCC-90210?" The answers to these questions will all become clear on May 8, when Star Trek hits theaters.