You thought the new Star Trek was awesome, wait until you see the sequel! Wait a second…

Paramount is flexing its muscles and showing some confidence in the upcoming franchise-rekindling film, Star Trek, by already going forward with the sequel.

I can’t say it’s unexpected – Star Trek has already broken records for the amount of trailer downloads at Apple.com and last summer we reported that the studio was in the process of locking down the writers for potential future installments. On top of that, the simple fact is that the new Star Trek is breaching the mainstream and it has the people talking.

Paramount has signed Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to write and produce the Star Trek sequel. J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are also set to produce again but it’s unclear as of this time as to whether or not Abrams will direct again. He wasn’t originally going to direct the first Trek movie but he could not resist putting himself in the captain’s chair once development got underway – A decision I’m happy about.

The story for the sequel is apparently in its early stages but the writers are scheduled to submit the finalized script by the end of this year for a planned release in the summer of 2011.

Variety got a chance to speak with Damon Lindelof about the sequel to a movie that’s yet to be released:

“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,” said Lindelof, co-creator with Abrams of ABC’s “Lost” who produced the upcoming “Trek” but did not contribute to Orci and Kurtzman’s screenplay. “But we’re so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed.”

With the timing of everything, the critical and fan reaction to Star Trek will be fresh in the minds of the writers as they work the story for the sequel, allowing them to take notes on the positive and negative responses to the film. As good as Star Trek could be, we’ll hopefully get an even better film the second time around. Writer Alex Kurtzman reflects on this notion:

“Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month… 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.”

It should be pointed out that this news does not mean the sequel is 100% confirmed and going forward. The creation of the script doesn’t guarantee the production of the film, however, it has been long-rumored that the new Star Trek would spawn a new franchise of movies and there’s been quite a lot of speculation about the sequel for some time now – It all depends on how much money this one rakes in.

Let’s hope the movie performs well at the box-office and that we get a high quality movie worthy of a sequel. What do you think of this news?

Star Trek opens May 8, 2009 and I’ll be there.

Source: Variety (via TrekMovie.com)