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J.J. Abrams officially coming back for “Star Trek” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “will-he-or-won’t-he” dance between J.J. Abrams and the inevitable “Star Trek” sequel came to a close late last night, and fans of the recent reboot should be thrilled to learn that the director confirmed he’ll return to the franchise to hopefully take it to the next level.

Insiders close to the production’s schedule told Vulture that work already has begun on the sequel, and that Abrams will start shooting this winter from a screenplay that’s expected to be turned in later this month.

Now the question becomes when the sequel will reach theaters. Months ago, Paramount set a hopeful release date of June 29, 2012. When it became clear that Abrams wouldn’t rush to meet that deadline – and sacrifice the sequel’s quality – the studio moved “G.I. Joe 2” to that date and decided to wait for Abrams.

I think that’s a smart decision. Like Abrams, I don’t want to see them rush to hit a predetermined date. I want Abrams to take his time and develop the script that was worked up by Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.

The first “Star Trek” was such an entertaining ride for Trekkies and non-Trekkies, alike. With the same creative team coming back, the sequel has so much potential, and with Abrams officially in the chair, we can start looking forward to a riveting new “Star Trek” some time in 2013.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • September 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    • The Orion Syndicate as the villains
    • Larger all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner
    • More planets
    • Larger space battles with more starships
    • Kirk having better fighting skills
    • Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses
    • No cut scenes
    • The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end

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