Star Trek 2016 Screenplay Draft Complete

    August 21, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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Star Trek: Into Darkness may have been the biggest disappointment for trekkies since Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, but the latest Star Trek movie topped the box office and proved that J.J. Abrams’ action-movie vision of Trek does hold some appeal for a wider movie audience. With these factors in mind, fans of the franchise are both bracing themselves for another disaster and clinging to the hope that Paramount hasn’t fully abandoned what made Star Trek popular in the first place.

Luckily for Star Trek fans, the next movie will have the benefit of a new director that might be able to capture the spirit of the franchise. It was recently announced that Abrams will be stepping aside to focus on the new Star Wars movies, allowing Roberto Orci to take control of Trek. Orci was a co-writer of the two recent Star Trek reboot movies and has written for other movies such as Mission: Impossible III and Transformers.

Orci recently stirred a bit more hype for the 13th Star Trek movie by confirming that his first draft for the next movie is already complete. Earlier this month Orci took to the comments section of a TrekMovie.com article about himself to deflect criticism that he may not be taking Trek seriously. In one comment Orci wrote that “p & m & I wrote,’fade out’ yesterday on first draft. things are moving,” referring to his co-writers, John D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Orci later confirmed this comment with TrekMovie, stating that the first draft for the third Star Trek reboot movie is now complete. He also stated that shooting on the movie is expected to start in spring 2015. This news means that the next Star Trek movie is on-schedule to hit the 2016 release date that Paramout has pinned to the project.

Orci has also recently reassured fans that the next movie will be closer to the original series and set in deep space. For Trek fans this might offer hope, though the pain of Into Darkness is likely to keep most of them skeptical.

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  • Carl Mastromarino

    Just don’t cast any more SKANKS like you did with that Khan wannabe last time out and that will be a step in the right direction.

  • Chad Delk

    How was Star Trek: Into Darkness a disappointment?

    • http://uscommonsense.net/blog/ US Common Sense

      I agree. I liked it. It was different (being Earth-based), but still it was a good movie.

  • Michael Nardacci

    “Into Darkness” was a silly and needless rip-off of “Wrath of Khan” right down to its ending. Isn’t there anyone in Hollywood who can come up with exciting, original ides for movies these days?

    • FairySac

      You do know this was a reboot of Star Trek so they retold the story of
      Khan? Right? Just like the first Star Trek rebooted all of the

  • jimwilson81

    I have enjoyed Star Trek since it first came on in 1966. I haven’t had a problem with any of the recent movies. People need to remember this is a reboot, which means when the Romulans came in at the beginning of the 2006 movie “Star Trek” they screwed up the space/time continuum and made an alternate universe. Alternate universe means different things happen differently. So Kirk was killed instead of Spock in the last movie, Spock’s mother is killed and Vulcan is destroyed in the first movie.Things changed! Look how many times Kirk, Picard, and Sisko went back in time and changed history.
    I originally had more problem with the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot than I had with the Star Trek reboot, but they both ended up as being very good.

    • http://uscommonsense.net/blog/ US Common Sense

      Well said on both franchises!

      • jimwilson81

        Thank you

    • Steve Kudlo

      Hi, When was Kirk killed? Did they resurrect him? I just don’t recall that. BG was on cable, so we never got that, but Babylon 5 was too hard to follow for an episodically presented series. At least with Star Trek each episode was free standing.

      • jimwilson81

        See “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

  • Dan

    This is great I really believe that This one will be great, not that into Darkness was Not great was But the Problem with that movie I hear many say is that Number one They used Khan and that Pissed People Off Number to they made him White and the confused and infuriated people even more and Third the Whole Is he KHAN is he Not KHAN Pissed people off too. You can make Star Trek as Dark Action Packed as you like and In my opinion it works well when it is Dark and a lot of people share that thought The General movie going Audience Enjoyed Into Darkness, It was the Trekies who Did not cause as I said they used Khan and that made them mad So This Time you can make it Dark and Gritty and Please do, But this Time make a new Villain and The Enterprise is going in Deep Space that is a Step in the right direction.

    • Steve Kudlo

      One of the great things about Star Trek is it’s idealism. Without that it’s just more scifi. That’s why I can’t agree with taking the dark and gritty approach all the time. We need a break, with some humor.

  • Kerrigan

    Base the next Star Trek movie on a reboot of “City On The Edge Of Forever” if you really want a film with universal appeal.

  • TrueLib

    Check out Kickstarter-funded film Star Trek: Axanar, going into production soon. (I’m in no way affiliated with it). It will feature Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham. The producers are aiming for a $650K budget. A preview film, “Prelude to Axanar” has already been released. Simply amazing. (I’m guessing Paramount execs are watching this very closely.) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/194429923/star-trek-axanar

    • jimwilson81

      I just saw it and I am impressed. I hope they can pull it off.

  • Trek Fan

    Someone at paramount needs to be fired. Fans want star trek so bad, they were asked on kick starter for a 100k to make a fan made B-Movie. With 2 days left they are already over 400k..Star Trek: Axanar the trailer alone is amazing. Wake up paramount, its a money printing machine make a TV series already!!!!

    • Steve Kudlo

      I can’t understand why they stopped making Enterprise. It was probably money, but the original series was canceled for the same reason. It was the fans that made Star Trek what it is now, not the studios, who don’t know what the fans want. Maybe a fan-run studio to buy out the rights to Star Trek. Take it out of the professional bunglers hand, and give to the people who really love it. It’s our future.

  • Luke Schuster

    I think you wrote the “disappointment” part of this article for writers flare. Yes I agree that Into Darkness had some plot holes. Why does kahn look different? Why did they stay on earth? You know all that stuff. But it was an overall good movie and had enough action to keep even a non-trekkie entertained, which is why it did great in the box office. On a side note, I loved “Undiscovered Country” .

  • Eric Sporer

    Biggest disappointment since Star Trek V? Forgive me, but I have my doubts.

  • Fox Hound

    Star Trek: ID didn’t disappoint me a bit. It was a good movie, just not as great as the 2009 release. I hope the next movie is better though. Love Star Trek!