Next ‘Star Trek’ Feature Film Lines Up a Pair of New Writers

By December 9, 2013

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Yes, we’re still due to get a new Star Trek feature film, even if director J.J. Abrams has moved on to the Star Wars franchise and despite continued cries about the idiocy of the big Khan reveal in Star Trek Into Darkness. What’s one way to spice up a franchise that already seems to be sagging a bit? Bring in new writers!

And that’s just what Paramount is doing with the third new Star Trek feature (thirteenth overall), as THR reports that J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay, and Roberto Orci have been tapped to write the next feature. (Well, it’s not an entirely new rash of writers, as Orci co-wrote the first two features alongside his partner Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, neither of whom will return, but there’s certainly something to be said for a spat of continuity in the writers room.)

Payne and McKay have not yet had a feature hit the big screen, but they have adapted the graphic novel Boilerplate to script and are in development on Goliath.

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While the film doesn’t have a release date or an announced plot as of yet, THR shares that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are aiming for some kind of release date in 2016, in order to coincide with the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary. Stars like Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana are all expected to return for the new feature.

There is still no word on who will direct the film, but Attack the Block director Joe Cornish appears to remain in the mix for the job, and Rupert Wyatt has also been rumored.

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