‘Star Trek’ Sequel Cleared for Blast-Off

Sounds like the new Star Trek movie franchise just might live long and prosper.

Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has given the green light to a sequel for the latest Star Trek movie, despite the fact that the first flick won’t hit theaters until May 8.

Lost creator J.J. Abrams—who produces and directs the upcoming big-screen adaptation—has signed on to produce the second installment, though it’s not yet known if he will also helm again.

Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who penned the script for the new Trek flick, have been signed on to write the next script, along with Damon Lindelof, who co-created  Lost with Abrams. (The trio is currently writing the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens together.)

“There’s obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn’t even come out yet,” Lindelof admits. “But we’re so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed.”

The studio is said to be shooting for a summer 2011 release on the sequel.

As for the sequel’s plot, Kurtzman says that they’ll wait to see how the audience reacts to its predecessor.

“Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month,” he notes. “With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We’ll be ambitious about what we’ll do.”

As long as Chris Pine returns as James T. Kirk, feel free to boldly go where no man has gone before.