Roberto Orci is getting help on the new ‘Star Trek’ movie script in the form of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Orci scripted the last two movies in the rebooted franchise with his regular writing partner Alex Kurtzman who will apparently not be contributing to the next film. With J.J. Abrams stepping away from the franchise in favor of directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, (he will still executive produce ‘Trek’) it’s not yet confirmed who will be helming the new movie, but Joe Cornish’s name has been thrown about. Cornish’s previous film, ‘Attack The Block’ about a gang of British teens who defend their neighborhood from an alien invasion, won numerous festival awards.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have yet to see a project make it to screen. Abrams’ Bad Robot hired the pair to script an adaption of the graphic novel ‘Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel’. They also worked on the films ‘Goliath’ and an adaptation of Spike TV’s ‘Deadliest Warrior’. (Ugh, really? Someone thought that would make a good movie?)
Well at least we’re positive ‘Star Trek 3’ will get made and will debut in the summer of 2016 in order to mark the venerable franchise’s 50th anniversary. (Plus it dodges all the heavy traffic of 2015, which includes ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ among many, many more high-profile movies.)
Abrams spoke about the Cornish possibilities, by saying:
“I don’t know if Joe Cornish is the guy. My guess is that’s up in the air. I adore him and love him and can’t wait to see what he does next. Hopefully it will be ‘Star Trek’. Whatever it is, he’s brilliant. ‘Attack the Block’ was one of my favorite movies of the year when it came out.”
The film is still over a year away, but it’s nice to see that it’s coming together and hopefully this one can dodge the negative reactions some had to the cast and crew concealing the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was actually classic villain Khan.
What do you think? What would you like to see in the next ‘Star Trek’?