Despite a slow opening weekend, J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness ultimately proved to be a decent hit for Paramount Pictures, making over $225m domestically and currently retaining a place just inside the top 10 highest grossing films of 2013 so far. This is good news for fans of Abrams’ rebooted vision of the universe, as it means that Star Trek 3 is still solidly on track to head into production within the next couple of years.

The talent that will return to the franchise, however, is another matter entirely. With no writers or directors currently announced for Star Trek 3, the series could potentially go in a number of different directions: either bringing back all of the old team or, as the latest rumors suggest, bringing in some fresh voices.

Badass Digest says that “excellent sources” have revealed the new writers currently attached to Star Trek 3 are Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, a long-standing team who are perhaps best known for co-writing Thor alongside Don Payne (who sadly passed away earlier this year). Miller and Stentz also worked on the script for X-Men: First Class, and have also done some work on the script for 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four.

Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci are reportedly remaining onboard as writers and were instrumental in the decision to bring in the new blood. Miller and Stentz have previously written episodes of Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci’s TV show Fringe, so the decision to involve them in writing the script for Star Trek 3 makes sense. Having said that, Badass Digest states that this isn’t a “done deal,” only that at this point the Star Trek 3 writing collaboration is “Stentz and Miller’s job to lose.”

If the story is true, this won’t be Miller and Stentz’s first brush with Gene Roddenberry material. The writing partners previously collaborated on many episodes of sci-fi show Andromeda, which was based on Roddenberry’s notes for his 1973 TV pilot Genesis II and as such was sometimes referred to as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.

Star Trek 3 doesn’t currently have a director attached, and reports as to who might be likely to take the helm have been conflicting. The rumor mill mentioned Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) as one of the names on a list of possibilities, but Zachary Quinto has said that Abrams is still interested in directing the third installment himself, and the Badass Digest article reports heavy rumors that the director is on the verge of dropping out of Star Wars: Episode VII. The reasons behind his possible discontentment are unclear, with Abrams having expressed irritation at being forced to shoot the film in England and uproot his family for several months. Could this have been enough to drive him back into the arms of Star Trek, or is the buzz just misguided?

There’s plenty of food for thought here, but with about three years left to go before Star Trek 3′s release, anything might change between now and the start of production. Would you like the old writing and directing team back to complete their trilogy, or do you like the idea of some new blood?

Star Trek 3 is expected to be released some time in 2016.

Source: Badass Digest