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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, writers of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek, and two of the three writers on Star Trek Into Darkness, have been confirmed to be returning to write Star Trek 3.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are close to finalizing a deal to return to write Star Trek 3. With J.J. Abrams likely unable to direct due to being tied up with Star Wars: Episode VII, having the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness writers on board will leave the series with some stability.

Along with Kurtzman and Orci, Star Trek Into Darkness was also written by Damon Lindelof, but at the current time, sources close to the project say Lindelof will not be back for Star Trek 3.

While some will argue that it’s good that Kurtzman and Orci return to the series to keep some continuity, others will argue that one of the biggest weaknesses of Star Trek Into Darkness was the script. A common complaint was that the film was too close in story to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

These complaints were particularly loud from Star Trek fans. They’ve often claimed that the Star Trek reboots haven’t been in the Star Trek spirit. They’ve said that the current films are directed towards the general audience, not them, the lifelong fans. They’re right, but nothing will change that.

Do you think the returning writers is good for ‘Star Trek 3’?

  • Amir

    Honestly I’m really glad that star trek into darkness was close to wrath of khan cause it just shows that even in a altered universe nothing can change khan from being evil and it gave them an excuse to make Benedict Khan :D

  • Ron Swanson

    Into Darkness was mediocre so I say it’s time to get some new writers for the series.

  • SherlockUSA

    Will Khan still be in the 3rd movie? Sorry! I’m not a Trekki . Just wanted to ask!

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  • ShireMagic

    Dear writers, please can we have more Bones in the next movie. I want to see more Kirk/Spock/Bones interaction. That was the core of the original series. Also some more female characters would be nice, maybe introduce Christine Chapel or Janice Rand. Just please don’t reduce them to sexual objects/love interests, thank you.

    • VBFan

      YES!!!! I loved everything about the last two movies, but there’s wasn’t enough Bones.

  • STfan4Life

    To the fans complaining that the reboot films are not in the Star Trek spirit and are directed toward the general audience not the lifelong fans. I AM a lifelong fan, I’ll be half a century old in 3 months and I grew up watching Star Trek TOS, all the Star Trek films and the tv spin offs like Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise and I am very pleased with the two reboots. It is illogical to expect Star Trek to remain the same when our world, our society and our technology has changed so drastically over the past 47 years since ST TOS first aired in 1966. Kirk’s communicator which seemed to us like amazing, unattainable technology back then, has now not only been achieved and is so common place that now almost every one carries a cell phone in their pocket or purse, but we have even surpassed the technology depicted by those flip phone style communicators with our current smart phones. Wouldn’t it be redundant to continue depicting a technology in the Star Trek films that we have already surpassed in reality? Everything changes with time and technological advancement, so it’s only logical to expect Star Trek to do the same. In my opinion they’ve done a fantastic job of breathing new life into the Star Trek franchise for future generations of Star Trek fans to enjoy, they’ve chosen an amazing cast to portray all the characters we are familiar with, the alternate reality concept introduced in the first reboot was pure genius and merging the old characters and storylines from the original series and films (the similarities between “Into Darkness” and “Wrath of Kahn”) but twisting and tweaking the plot just enough to make it both familiar and new at the same time to incorporate it into this new alternate reality is also pure brilliance. Bottom line, if Gene Roddenberry were alive today I believe he would be pleased with what has been done. It’s a shame that you have to pick the films apart and look for things to complain about instead of setting your expectations aside and just enjoying the ride the way I do…because I can tell you, it’s one hell of a fun ride!

    • Captain’s Tubing

      I really don’t think the majority of fans are complaining about this. We want new and better stories. Trek ’09 showed promise of greatness — and Into Darkness just didn’t deliver. Most of us get that big budget Trek has to be an action movie — it’s just that this last one simply didn’t work. And I think the critics who liked it are still surprised by an entertaining Star Trek movie. Keep up the Abrams pace and energy and keep it entertaining, just find some better writers.

  • Captain’s Tubing

    You know what, it’s perfectly fine to make a Trek film that’s a good summer film for anyone. In fact, it’s ideal. STID had a dumb plot, period.. Not a ‘dumb plot for a Trek movie.’ Nods, homages, tissue-thin allegories and Easter Eggs are no replacement for decent writing. This isn’t, arguably, a Family Guy sketch — enough with the Trek references already.

    I disagree that the bulk of fans want the show redux, if anything, the fan sites are filled with people asking why they bothered to reboot Trek if they’re going to trot out the same villains and not do anything new or fresh with it.

  • Chris Carter

    These 2 guys are bad news. They failed to write a good script for STID and being rewarded for it. Please get a new team or it will be the shit show as the last movie.

  • Restore the timeline

    Absolutely not! In no way whatsoever are they good for Star Trek. To put as fine a point as I possibly can. Even though they’ve attracted all this attention and made lots of money with what they’ve done, even General George Armstrong Custer’s hubris could not save him in the end.

    Put everything back guys!

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