Star Trek Into Darkness hasn't even hit theaters yet and fans are already speculating as to when we'll see the third installment of the rebooted franchise hitting our eyeballs. It's been four years since the original film was released. Will it be an equally as long time before we see the third movie?
co-producer says no. But then, he doesn't exactly say yes, either:
We’re definitely talking about the next one, but we haven’t talked about a release date. We don’t want to wait four years, the same amount of time between the last one and this one, but it’s going to be a big year to celebrate, hopefully.
For those of you wondering, the "big year to celebrate" is a reference to 2016 being the Star Trek franchise's 50th anniversary. Not exactly an iron-clad timetable. But between their desire to not wait so long between installments, and the promotional options that tie into an anniversary like that, all signs point to yes. I interpreted his comments as a man who is cautiously saying "yes" but doesn't want to verbally commit to it in case things don't work out according to plan.
The only issue here is that I suspect Abrams bit off far more than he could chew when he agreed to tackle not only Star Trek but also Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens and manage them both at the same time. It was already going to be enough of a challenge to film them a year or two apart. If the rumors that the 2015 release date of Episode VII will be pushed back to 2016 are true, there's no way Abrams could work on two movies of this magnitude simultaneously. The logical choice then would be to push back the third Star Trek movie to 2017. Assuming, of course, that Abrams hasn't signed on to direct multiple Star Wars movies.