Since we found out that Roberto Orci was no longer directing the pic and that Fast and the Furious film franchise director Justin Lin will take over--Rumors suggested that the suits was unhappy with the script and Orci's plans for the franchise, which is why they kicked him out of the big chair.
Lin was on the shortlist for the gig with Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"), and Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House"). Wyatt was reportedly at the top of the list but Lin was the only one actually offered the job.
Abrams commitments to the Star Wars: Episode VII kept him from coming back. Other names like "Attack the Block" filmmaker Joe Cornish and G.I. Joe: Retaliation" director Jon M. Chu were in the mix to call action--before Orci got the gig. Jonathan Frakes, best known to Trekkers as Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, indicated he wanted to sit in the director's chair but knew it was a long shot...Edgar Wright was mentioned as well.
Orci co-wrote and produced J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" '09 and "Star Trek Into Darkness" with longtime partner Alex Kurtzman
and is still involved...
Film Divider also claims
that the film will introduce three new female characters - the ex-wife
of Bones, a new Federation ship captain, and the female President of
the United Federation of Planets.
All that we know that certain at the moment is that the third film
will pick up years after the events of 'Into Darkness' with the crew
well into their famous five-year mission.
"Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers and "Fringe" producers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz were eyed to script the sequel but opted not to do it.J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay
and Orci were co-writing the next film. Orci confirmed that first
draft of the screenplay was completed and would be closer in tone
to the original 1960s show than the previous two films.
Taking questions on the TrekMovie.com message boards late last year, Orci answered the screenplay query saying he's "producing, nothing more or less."
Now Trek reboot co-star Simon Pegg is set to co-write the new script with with Doug Jung, creator of TNT's short-lived "Dark Blue" series and writer of the upcoming Bad Robot film "Diamond". Pegg's writing credits include co-writing Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy- "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" - along with "Run, Fatboy, Run".
Speaking with Den of Geek
this past week about the trailer release for "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," Pegg told them that the responsibility of co-writing the Trek 3 script is terrifying and that none of Oeci's work survived the change:
"No. It's completely new. I haven't read Bob's
script and they didn't want us to. So we went back to the drawing board.
We had creative meetings with Justin and there were things he wanted in
there. I haven't written like this before. I've never been a custodian of
something, it's usually mine what I'm writing. Whereas with this, you're
given a bunch of stuff -- 'Look we want this in it and this in it.' Or
Justin will say -- he's got an amazing visual mind, Justin. He's great
at that kind of choreography. So he'll say, 'What if this happens?' So
Doug and I go, 'Okay, right, let's try and get that into it.' So it's an
Badass Digest reports that the studio is gonna go in a new direction with the next film, albeit one that still retains the "Star Wars"
style of storytelling. The report suggests that one reason that Orci
is no longer sitting in the center seat is because the studio wanted to
go with a different tone and style - something more like last year's
biggest domestic box-office film "Guardians of the Galaxy".
Sure original Trek has done light-hearted stories before with eps like I, Mudd, The Trouble with Tribbles, A Piece of the Action and the feature film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,
but why on earth would the suits want to replicate GotG at all? The
last 2 films-as successful as they were--get knocked for being too much
like "Wars" Why alienate those critics/fans further? I liked the last
2 films a lot but I understand the "too much Star Wars and not enough
Trek" mantra and think that those folks have a point. Now it's gonna
be "too much like GotG"...Hmmm. Lin is a very capable director...
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho
are all expected to return to the Final Frontier in their
respective roles as Kirk Spock Uhura Dr. McCoy Scotty Chekov and Sulu.
Variety reports that Idris Elba is in talks to play the villain. Details of the role are being kept under wraps, though
rumors have abound that the Klingons will play much bigger antagonist
roles this time around. Film Divider recently suggested that former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston has reportedly "had words with the studio" about the role.
What started as rumors and then were confirmed that Star Trek-TOS star William Shatner is returning to the franchise
in Trek 3. Shatner has admitted that one of the challenges of
getting him into the rebooted timeline is that Kirk Prime died in 1994's Star Trek: Generations. The plan was to include a sequence in the Trek 3 script that would have reunited Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as Kirk and Spock for their first canon appearance together since 1991's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country".Sadly Nimoy's passing prevents that---No word if Kirk Prime will still show up Shatner was originally in the script for a cameo in the '09 film but the notion was nixed.
Abrams Bryan Burke Orci and David Ellison will produce the film
Production starts in June to make a July 8, 2016 bow for Paramount--coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the "Star Trek" franchise