Groceries and laundry are pretty common on to-do lists, but screenwriter Roberto Orci has just scored out a heftier task from his: start writing “Star Trek 2.”
Scripting has finally begun on the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 adaptation of the legendary science-fiction franchise, based on a story that has been discussed among writers and producers all summer. The story that is currently being developed is expected to be a standalone adventure but also deal with larger character issues that could continue into additional movies.
Last week Orci tweeted his official to-do list as “get groceries, do laundry, start writing Star Trek, walk dogs, get new book to read, vote ...” Now, according to TrekMovie, Orci is taking some time away from television projects like "Fringe" on Fox and "Hawaii Five-0" on CBS to work on the sequel film with his longtime partner in writing crime, Alex Kurtzman.
The scripting process is expected to take the rest of this year with confirmation that the script and budget have been approved coming in early 2011 so that pre-production can begin. However, there is still no news on who will be the primary villain. Chatter on the net for more than a year has been the return of Khan Noonien Singh -- last seen in the previous "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" in the early 1980s.
Another question, of course, is whether Abrams will return to direct the follow-up adventure.
The 2009 “Star Trek” was originally intended to be released around Christmas 2008, however due to the writers’ strike, re-writes required during production, and Paramount Pictures' belief the film would be a summer blockbuster hit, "Star Trek" eventually settled for a May 2009 launch, becoming the highest-grossing Star Trek film of all time, even when adjusted for inflation.
That film starred Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin.
The sequel is expected for release on June 29, 2012.