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It certainly sounds as though "the voyages of the Starship Enterprise" may be starting up again sooner than we once thought.

While appearing on The Today Show, Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the latest series of films, revealed shooting of the untitled sequel may begin filming shortly.

“I think it’s on the horizon,” Quinto said, adding that “things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months.”

[Star Trek 3](movie:817262) will be the first in the new series without J.J. Abrams behind the camera. He is currently hard at work directing [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) for Lucasfilm. It is believed Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the last two Treks, may step in to direct, although Paramount has yet to make any kind of official announcement.

In August, Orci confirmed the first draft of the film's script was complete. He also stated that the movie will feature the characters “closer… to the original [television] series characters than you have ever seen,” with the crew of the Starship Enterprise finally out on their first five-year mission into deep space.

So, with production on the next Star Trek movie gearing up for production this Spring, it looks as though everything is on target for release in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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