There’s a huge advantage to dealing with the future in your projects – the most obvious being the ability to predict it. When the project was in development, buzz was already growing. Back before I went to go check out footage from the unfinished Star Trek in New York City, people were already predicting that it would be a blockbuster. Now, the future hasn’t even begun yet, and the producers are gearing up to pen a script for a sequel.
According to Variety, the modern iconic writing duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will joining up with J.J. Abrams’ “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof to deliver a screenplay that everyone involved is hoping will be done by Christmas.
What’s the story? They’re waiting until fans react to the first – probably a smart move considering no one really knows how good the movie is yet. Even if they did know where they wanted to take it, they wouldn’t be able to say much without spoiling a prequel that hasn’t hit theaters yet.
Paramount is obviously really confident about not just succeeding with this film, but knocking it out of the park. Here’s where I’d normally share some sort of insight about how genius/foolish this decision-making is, but I honestly just don’t know. No one has seen this movie, so hiring writers seems a bit out of order, but from all the footage and trailers, the movie does look fantastic. Maybe getting a sequel on track this quickly is the right move. Who knows.
Will Abrams be back to direct? No one knows. The only thing fans know at this point is that Paramount is down for a sequel, that Bad Robot and Abrams are down to produce, and that Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof are waiting for fan reaction before putting pen to paper.
What do you think? Height of ego or excellent creative move?