Will Star Trek 3 Be J.J. Abrams’ Last?

Damon Lindelof says they're going to 'pass the baton' after the third installment, which they've already started talking about.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Star Trek 2 isn't even out yet, and already they're talking about packing it in. That's the news that sprang from Trek Movie's interview with Damon Lindelof, who thinks that completing three films is "the right responsibility" for Abrams' crew before packing it in and letting someone else have a shot at the rebooted sci-fi franchise.

Lindelof, who co-wrote the screenplay to Star Trek 2 with the previous film's writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, as well as this weekend's Alien prequel Prometheus, didn't say he was sure that Star Trek 3 would happen. "Hopefully the second movie turns out well and we are really happy about everything so far." He's also hesitant to call it a trilogy yet, but "I reserve the right to when we are talking four years from now to say 'this is the third movie in our trilogy.'"

If a third Star Trek happens though, he says he thinks it will be their last. "It does feel that three movies is the right responsibility for us to have the baton for before we then pass it off to the people who are take Trek to wherever they want to take it." 

Where will it go from there? "We did talk a lot in the writing of this movie and during production about what the next movie might be and started getting excited about some of the ideas, so it would be hard to say no to that."

Read the rest of Trek Movie's in-depth interview with Damon Lindelof to learn how the production is handling the spoiler issue, and as much as Lindelof is willing to offer about where the next movie picks up after the Enterprise's last adventure.

CraveOnline will be back with more Star Trek 2 (and 3) news after we boldy go where many franchises have gone before.