While we're still
impatiently waiting for Star Trek 2 (or XII if you guys prefer) to come out next summer, Damon Lindelof has revealed that J.J. Abrams is already boldly looking at the third chapter of the new alternate-reality adventures of Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
The Star Trek writer's not-so-surprising revelation was made during a lengthy and interesting interview with Trek Movie.
Damon Lindelof—who has said he wants to move away from writing sequels, prequels and comic book adaptations and do his own original work—is totally down for a third Trek, despite wanting to challenge himself with brand-new stuff.
This is what he said:
It would be very hard to not be involved in Trek moving forward. We certainly don't feel that a third movie is a foregone conclusion. Hopefully the second movie turns out well and we are really happy about everything so far. So three movies, again not to do everything that Christopher Nolan does, but if you do it right it's a good model. But that idea, whether you want to call it a trilogy or not, although I reserve the right to when we are talking four years from now to say "this is the third movie in our trilogy," but it does feel that three movies is the right responsibility for us to have the baton for before we then pass it off to the people who are take Trek to wherever they want to take it. So if this movie turns out well, would I be writing on the third movie? Who knows? But, we did talk a lot in the writing of this movie and during production about what the next movie might be and started getting excited about some of the ideas, so it would be hard to say no to that. This is a once in a lifetime experience.
He then added:
[...] That being said, a huge part of this job is my interest in the collaboration that I have shared with JJ and Bryan and Bob and Alex and all these incredible actors and the crew who have now worked on two movies. It bears mentioning Jeffrey Chernov, Tommy Harper who were every bit producers as much as the rest of us just in terms of logistically creating this movie. Just making it has been a stunning achievement and we have only just begun the post-production process. Tommy Gormly, our first AD, is another one and Roger Guyett, the visual effects supervisor are others worth mentioning. Just getting to work with all of them again is a huge incentive to continue. So as long as the team is together, I'm not going to be the one who breaks up the Beatles.
What do you guys think? Do you like the idea of Abrams' take on Star Trek being seen as a Christopher Nolan-type trilogy before passing the baton? Do you think that's the right course of action? And are you guys also excited that they're all already thinking and talking about Star Trek 3?
Star Trek 2 (XII) will be beaming into theaters on May 17, 2013.