Over the weekend, an update on the progress of the “Star Trek” sequel was given via Twitter. Using his account, screenwriter Roberto Orci stated, “[A]iming to turn in first full draft of Star Trek in six weeks or so.” So, there’s your official word.
For fans of the first film, this is exciting news and only whets the palette for rumors as to what’s going to be included in the script. Here are a few tidbits concerning the storyline that have been released last year:
In October of 2010, TrekMovie released a rumor that Khan may not be the next villain for the sequel. Instead of the popular character–made popular by Ricardo Montalban–will not be in the film, the villain will be some other very popular character in the Star Trek canon, someone like Harry Mudd, Gary Mitchell, the Talosians, the Horta or Trelane.
During the year the “Star Trek” reboot was released, producer/writer Damon Lindelof stated to Blastr that time shifts could also show up in the sequel, in the sense that the film may pick up right where the last adventure ended, or, to make things more interesting, could pick up years later, seconds later, or even before the adventures in the reboot began.
In any case, it’s pretty safe to assume that we can expect to see the familiar faces–Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. The untitled “Star Trek” sequel is expected to be released June 29, 2012.