During a recent interview at Ireland’s Galway Film Festival, Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto indicated that fans may not have to wait long for the next installment of the franchise. He also suggested that, despite J.J. Abrams moving to Star Wars, the director may helm the next Star Trek film after all.
According to BuzzHub, Quinto said, “Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.”
There was a four-year lapse between the 2009 reboot and the recently released Into Darkness, so fans can reasonably expect another film before 2017. But it would seem nearly impossible for Abrams to fit another Trek film into 2014 after leading Star Wars Episode VII at the top of the year.
Quinto, who has portrayed Mr. Spock in the last two films, isn’t the first cast member to suggest that Abrams could return. Simon Pegg made a similar assertion during an interview earlier this year. And even the director himself said that he would consider doing it if the timing were right.
During an interview in May, Abrams said, “The idea of working with these people again would be a thrill and a privilege. One of the reasons I wanted to do the second was so I had a chance to work with this cast and crew again. It would really depend if there’s a third movie that the studio wants to make. It would depend what the schedule was. Would I be open to it? Of course I would.”
Paramount is reportedly aiming for a 2016 release date for Star Trek 3 to commemorate the franchise’s 50th anniversary. If the studio fails to nab Abrams, who would you like to direct the upcoming movie?
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