It looked like the writing lives of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman was so busy, the two would never be available to write "Star Trek 3."
But it looks like we were all wrong.
The two, who brought in "Lost" alum Damon Lindelof to write "Star Trek: Into Darkness," have returned for their third movie in the Star Trek franchise, looking to push the reboots over the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office.
That means Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz -- who got their start writing for "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda" -- will not get the gig after all, as many had speculated, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lindelof will not return to write for the next installment. No reason was given for his absence, but it is believed he might be too busy with his current television series, "The Leftovers," to take on the project.
J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two films, is in the process of negotiating his role as a producer in the next film. That does not necessarily mean he won't direct, but because of his schedule chock-full with the continuation of the Star Wars franchise for the Walt Disney Co., Paramount Pictures will likely have to go with another director to lead Orci's and Kurtzman's work.
Kurtzman and Orci got their start writing for "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" in 1997, and would team up with Abrams for "Alias" in 2001. From there, the two moved into movies, first with "The Island" in 2005, and moving on to "Mission: Impossible III" in 2006 and later "Transformers" in 2007.
Both wrote the pilot for the new Fox series "Sleepy Hollow," and are attached to a planned reboot of "Van Helsing."
The two have been nominated for Hugo awards for 2009's "Star Trek" as well as the cult favorite Fox series "Fringe." They won a Daytime Emmy in 2012 for the animated series "Transformers Prime," which they both serve as executive producers.
"Star Trek 3" is expected to be released in 2016, in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary.
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