New Screenwriting Duo For Star Trek 3
J.J. Abrams might have abandoned the Star Trek universe to play with Jedi, but he's left it in the hands of two screenwriters he trusts. J.D. Payne and Patrick Mckay will be writing the script for Star Trek 3 alongside Roberto Orci.
Payne and Mckay are relatively unknown in Hollywood - their only big project was adapting Boilerplate, a sci-fi graphic novel, with Abrams. But they're trusted names in Abrams' production company Bad Robot, and with the guidance of Orci, who co-wrote the first two films, they should have few issues making Star Trek 3 feel true to the franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the pair will be replacing Alex Kurtzman, who is busy writing more Amazing Spiderman movies. With a projected 2016 release, it shouldn't be long until we hear a confirmation about the director.
Is it just us, or are sci-fi productions becoming a lot like fantasy football? J.J. is great, but it's scary to imagine a future where every movie feels the same because writers and directors have been overused by the ravenous superhero movie business.