Even with Zachary Quinto hinting that production of "Star Trek 3" could begin in less than a year, it seems that Paramount Pictures is still deciding on who is going to write. And for the first time since J.J. Abrams took over as director, it may not involve the very busy Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Instead, Paramount might be taking a look into another franchise empire with the likes of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. At least that's according to a new report from Badass Digest that is attributing such information to "excellent sources."
Miller and Stentz got their start working on popular television shows like "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "Fringe" as well as "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda." The two, however, made a very successful transition into film writing, first with "Thor" and later with "X-Men: First Class" in 2011, both of which grossed $327.4 million domestically.
Miller and Stentz could be a great fit for the Star Trek franchise with their genre knowledge and their ability to turn what could have been even questionable franchises (like "Thor") to the big screen. Also, many had written off the X-Men franchise for dead and even poked fun at doing a prequel. Yet the two writers were able to make that successful as well.
Both films already have sequels, although Miller and Stentz did move on to other projects and didn't take part. The two are working on both a "Fantastic Four" remake as well as a sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise hit "Top Gun."
It doesn't appear like Paramount is pushing out Kurtzman and Orci in any way. The two have been busy on shows like "Hawaii Five-0" and the new Fox series "Sleepy Hollow." They are also on films like "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Edge of Tomorrow." Kurtzman and Orci may be reaching out to other writers to bring in some fresh voices to the franchise, and the four have worked together in the past on "Fringe."
There is still no director announced for "Star Trek 3," and it appears that Abrams will not return in that role (although he will continue as a producer). Abrams instead will be quite busy with the return of the Star Wars franchise to the big screen with the Walt Disney Co., and recent reports have suggested that Joe Cornish may step in to direct.
Pre-production is not expected to start on "Star Trek 3" until late 2014 or early 2015 with a planned 2016 release being eyed for the franchise's 50th anniversary.