Star Trek sequel begins
It's not unusual for a studio to start a sequel before the first film is even released, but it is a big sign that they have a lot of faith in the film and the franchise, and frankly why wouldn't you? Directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and starring a cast almost as huge as the budget, but not too big to ensure that sequels would be priced out of the water.
News has come in today that the second Star Trek has begun, at least at the very early stages, as Paramount assign the producers and writers for the task.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman both return to write the film, but now they are given production credits alongside J.J. Abrams, although there's no word yet on if he will return to direct, that may take some time to decide, probably when he sees the script and how well this first film does.
Sounds a good line-up for creating the sequel, and with contract locking you would assume the entire cast is coming back too.
Kurtzman revealed to Variety that they have some ideas on where the sequel should go but that they would wait to see how the first film did and what the reaction was to the story, take their cues from how the audience react and what they start saying they'd like to see more of.
"With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."
Sounds sensible enough, and good that they aren't rushing into it headlong. However it does suggest that the studio are more than happy with the first film and that this could be the restart of the franchise.
However I can't help but wonder how you could possibly keep a cast of young actors on board a franchise like Star Trek for as long as the first crew. After all some of them have successful careers out with the first film and to consider a run as long as the first crew might be limiting for them.
I'm getting ahead of myself though, we have to see the first film and wait for the second one to get made, and that could be a few years yet.