At the 2009 Screenwriting Expo which is being held in downtown Los Angeles this year, ComingSoon.net asked Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writers of Star Trek, if they could give us any updated info as to where the storyline will be going in the next film. While they’re still very much in the beginning stages and couldn’t give us many details, they did give a possible release date year.
“We’re rereading some of our favorite ‘Star Trek’ novels now and watching the original series again. The honest answer is we don’t know yet,” Orci said. “We think it’s going to be a 2012 release, but I’m not sure,” he continued.
“Originally we thought we were going to have to have the script in by Christmas, but the release changed so certainly within the next eight months I’d say,” Kurtzman told us.
We tried to find out where the two writers would like to see the story go and Orci said: “They’re established now in the second movie and they’re finally a crew so it will resemble what you see in terms of they are already who they are.”
The pair have focused their attention towards feature films the last few years, but recently returned to TV to work on “Fringe” with their old friend J.J. Abrams, who they wrote for on “Alias.” They admitted it was for partly selfish reasons.
“When J.J. said he wanted to create a show with me it’s like ‘Screw you buddy,'” Orci joked. “Also he had studio commitments to Warner Brothers and we wanted him to direct ‘Star Trek.’ We feared he wouldn’t be able to do it if we didn’t help fulfill those obligations so we did,” he continued.
“We wanted him to be as focused on it as he could be on that so we’re like, we’ll absolutely help you. We would have done it anyway, but also it freed him up to do ‘Star Trek.'”