Things move fast in Hollywood. This is doubly true if you have a proven franchise or big name attached to a project.
So Star Trek, reimagined by one J.J. Abrams, is kind of a no-brainer. The movie hits theaters in about six weeks, but it seems a sequel is already in the works. Word is Abrams will definitely return as a producer, but whether he might direct is still up in the air.
This is actually, truth be told, a bit of a larger gamble than one would think. The original ten Star Trek movies, while successful, were very hit-and-miss critically, and their budgets were fairly low to compensate for the modest amount of money each was expected to bring in. This one cost a great deal more, and if audiences don’t respond then Paramount executives will most assuredly ask Washington for a bailout.
I had a conversation with ShepRamsey about this earlier, and the question he raised was “Are true Trek fans upset that the franchise has been moved from the geek realm and been confiscated by the masses at large?” Because if they’re planning a sequel to this high-budget film, Paramount must be pretty sure of its mass appeal.