We already knew that Roberto Orci would be returning to write his third Star Trek movie, but interestingly at this moment in time his usual writing partner, Alex Kurtzman, will not be back. There were also some rumours a short while ago that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) would be joining the writing team, but that is still yet to be either confirmed or denied.
What has been announced today is that two new writers will be joining Orci to write the as yet un-titled sequel: J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Payne and McKay have ties to Abrams, most recently penning the Bad Robot pic “Boilerplate,” which is still in development.
The pair have also wrote a script for Relativity’s Goliath movie, which is still stuck in development. They have also written a feature film adaptation of Spike TV series Deadliest Warrior.
As of now the film has no logline or start date but Paramount hopes for a 2016 release. All of the main cast including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to return.
J.J. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison.
Abrams, who directed the last two, will not direct this one as he is already committed to direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney.