Although science-fiction fans might be starting to get terminally excited for Star Wars: Episode VII, it looks like that other major science-fiction franchise might not be doing so well.
Indeed, although Star Trek Into Darkness performed solidly with both audiences and critics, it seems Paramount haven't rushed into greenlighting a third outing from the rebooted Enterprise crew. Earlier in the year we heard writer Robert Orci would be cutting his directorial teeth in [Star Trek 3](movie:817262), replacing the previous Star Wars franchise director, J.J. Abrams, who 'defected' to [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158). However, in a new interview with Collider, Orci explained his version of Star Trek 3 was still awaiting confirmation from Paramount. He stated:
Well, I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. The studio has yet to even read the script. I’m in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [JohnD.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay. They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can’t even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumor.
Of course, it's likely a Star Trek 3 will eventually see the light of the day, although the reluctance of Paramount to announce one - the time its taken to generate a script - could be worrying for fans of the new Star Trek universe.
In reality, the Star Trek franchise is still quite healthy, and perhaps the unexpected departure of Abrams from the project has thrown a temporary spanner into Paramount's works. Abrams never officially signed on to direct Star Trek 3, but I can imagine many people - perhaps even including Abrams himself - expected him to return. Unfortunately, the irresistible offer to helm Star Wars: Episode VII changed that.
With Abrams gone, Paramount are no doubt taking a more cautious route, especially considering Orci is still untested in the directors chair. With this in mind, taking it slow could be just the thing to stop the new Star Trek franchise from failing.
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