J.J. Abrams Says The Next ‘Star Trek’ Is Better Than The One Currently In Theaters

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Star Trek Beyond opened in theaters today, and it’s a lot of fun! The film reaffirms everything we love about the original series characters, and by its end you’re ready to go on a hundred more adventures with this great new cast. While a hundred may be unlikely, we do know we’re getting at least one more movie out of them. What we don’t know is what it’s going to be about. After all, none of us have been in story meetings about the next Trek film. None of us, that is, except series’ producer J.J. Abrams.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams is pretty stoked about the next entry in this rebooted Trek series. He even goes so far as to say it’s his “favorite Star Trek story that we’ve had.” Of course, one must acknowledge that there’s a certain amount of hucksterism here. No producer is ever going to say of their next project “eh, it’s fine, but I don’t think we’ll ever top that last one.” Still, when you consider that two-thirds of these films have been written by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek Back to the Future doesn’t exactly have a high bar to clear.

All we know about the new film so far is that Chris Hemsworth is returning to reprise his role as Jim Kirk’s daddy, and that the two Kirks will get a chance to meet despite the fact that George Kirk’s death was the event that launched this alternate reality in the first place. Personally, I’m wary of the idea of indulging in more time travel shenanigans in a series that was rebooted by time travel shenanigans, but it’s far too early to start worrying about that. For now, we’ll have to take Abrams at his word that they’re cooking up something good and settle for the pretty darn solid movie that’s playing in theaters right at this very moment.

Source: Entertainment Weekly (via JoBlo)

David Daut

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  • Worldmind

    Well I’m guessing JJ must be genuinely excited about the story for Trek 4 if he’s ready to talk about it already. I’m liking all the buzz about Beyond, loved the last two movies

  • will raskuhl

    That’s like a Clickhole headline, especially if you imagine he’s directing it.

  • beane2099

    Everyone keeps saying thus is going to be a time travel movie because Kirk’s dad is in it. But how do we know it’s not about the mirror universe?

    • I suppose anything’s possible, but having it be yet another alternate reality would undermine any point in having Kirk meet his dad. They wouldn’t be the same person.