Lindelof hints Trek 3 might include a Klingon war (but no J.J. Abrams)

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May 3, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

It's no surprise that Paramount Pictures is already thinking about Star Trek 3.

Star Trek was huge, so huge that plans for a sequel were moving ahead even before it was released. Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters (in the U.S., anyway) two weeks from today, and it promises to be even bigger, so it makes sense to think about a third installment. The big question at this point isn't whether everyone involved is thinking about it. The big question is what are they thinking about?

Last night Star Trek Into Darkness premiered in London, and while walking the red carpet co-writer Damon Lindelof hinted that the Trek team is already thinking about the big questions for the next installment, stuff like "This is what the plot is going to be, this is who the bad guy is, this is what they’re up against." And as for the bad-guy question, it seems Lindelof is leaning toward a particular alien race.

"You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we’ve given the audience a little taste," he said. "but there’s also a promise that there’s a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see."

And what about new nemesis "John Harrison"? Could we see more of him? Lindelof managed to both avoid Into Darkness spoilers and leave the Trek 3 door open.

"To answer that question would be to determine whether or not he actually survives this movie, but if he survives this movie, I think that we would be incredibly stupid to not use him again."

OK, so it looks like we're leaning toward a big Klingon story. But who's going to make this flick? Ever since J. J. Abrams was picked to helm the next Star Wars film, fans have wondered if he'll abandon his other Star franchise. Again, we turn to Lindelof for clues, courtesy of TrekMovie.

 TrekMovie also heard, via co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, that Paramount wants Star Trek 3 out in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, so the clock is likely already ticking. What do you think? Would a Klingon war be the best place to go next? And if Abrams bows out, who steps in to fill those shoes?

(Via Bleeding Cool)