5:06pm PT by Graeme McMillan
New Writers for 'Star Trek' Sequel? (Report)
With JJ Abrams having jumped fictional universes to rebuild George Lucas' Star Wars, the future of Star Trek has been in some doubt for the past few months -- particularly after mixed reviews for this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness. Now, reports are circulating that Paramount is looking to introduce some new blood to the franchise by bringing in the writers responsible for Marvel's Thor.
Badass Digest's Devin Faraci cites "excellent sources" as saying that Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz have been approached to write the third installment of the rebooted sci-fi series, replacing Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the previous two installments with Abrams (and, for Into Darkness, Damon Lindelof).
Pointing out that "this isn't a done deal," Faraci writes "it's Stentz and Miller's job to lose." That makes a lot of sense; Stentz and Miller not only have summer blockbuster experience with their Thor and X-Men: First Class work, but they've also worked with Abrams' Bad Robot production shingle -- which currently controls the Trek movie franchise -- before, writing for Fringe.
If Miller and Stentz don't take the job, Paramount and Bad Robot will have to move fast in order to find writers for the still-untitled, unscheduled Star Trek 3; the fiftieth anniversary of the series is just three years away, and it's almost unimaginable that there won't be a movie out to take advantage of that.