There’s a lot to like about the Star Trek franchise ever since it got its JJ Abrams-led reboot. Visually, the property has never looked better, the current cast may be the most talented that’s ever been assembled for a Star Trek crew, and there’s certainly now more sex-appeal and action thrills popping up in this universe than there ever has been before. That doesn’t mean that new Star Trek is a total improvement over the old Star Trek though. Fans new and old have had a handful of complaints about the last two Trek films, and a lot of them have revolved around their scripts, which were largely credited to Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. Sure, they made for exciting stories, but they were also the sloppy sorts of narratives that didn’t pay much attention to plugging plot holes, and they were kind of lacking in that specific Trek-ness in an undefinable way.
A report coming out of Badass Digest is suggesting that the third Star Trek film in this rebooted universe may either benefit or suffer from being handled by someone else’s pens though. According to their sources, for whatever reason, Kurtzman and Orci have been instrumental in bringing two new writers on to the project, and two writers who have both genre film experience as well as experience working with Bad Robot to boot.
Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller are the new names being asked to put pen to paper in order to make Star Trek 3 a reality. You might recognize them as being credited writers on Marvel’s Thor as well as Fox’s X-Men: First Class, and in addition to that, their Bad Robot experience comes in the form of them being both writers and producers on Abrams’ TV show, Fringe. If these two were able to make a property as weird as Thor make sense, chances are they could be the perfect duo to finally give us a modern Star Trek story that keeps the mainstream appeal Abrams injected the franchise with, but that also makes a little bit more sense than those last two plot hole-riddled films did.
Which brings us to the rumor section of this report. Apparently there was quite a bit of chatter at Comic Con over the weekend, which also spilled onto Twitter [via The Film Stage], that Abrams and the new Disney-owned Lucasfilm are butting heads so frequently over the development of Star Wars: Episode VII, that there’s a possibility Abrams might drop off of that film completely in order to come back and once again direct the next Star Trek movie. Of course, this is less news than it is gossip being spread through a sewing circle, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. That Abrams flair in the director’s chair combined with a more polished screenplay could be just the thing that the Star Trek franchise needs when it comes to getting back some of the buzz that has been stolen from it due to all of the chatter surrounding the Star Wars developments though, so it’s an exciting proposition to think about.
On the other hand, even if Abrams doesn’t come back, a Star Trek movie that doesn’t include a dangerous mission to get the genetically modified blood of an insanely powerful bad guy, when the Enterprise crew is surrounded by comatose bodies that contain the very same blood, would probably be exciting enough. But let’s not go picking apart old movies in a news report.