… but it was announced last night that a sequel for Star Trek — you know, the J.J. Abrams-directed movie that doesn't hit theaters until May 8th — is in the works.
Pretty much the entire creative team behind the first reboot is on board for the second installment, although some of the players are in slightly different roles. J.J. Abrams will be producing again, but so far it hasn't been announced whether he'll still be in the director's seat next time around.
Damon Lindelof (executive producer of Lost and co-producer of Star Trek) will be hanging on to his producer title but will also be joining Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (a duo who've worked together on everything from Mission Impossible III to Transformers to Fringe) at the writing table. At least Lindelof is aware of how the public may perceive the Star Trek sequel news; he was quoted as saying, "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. But we're so excited about the first one that
we wanted to proceed."
If audiences flock to Star Trek as Paramount Pictures is obviously assuming they will, then we could see the next chapter of Kirk and Spock's adventures by summer 2011.
In the meantime, the (supposedly) final poster for the film was released on Friday (see above), and this new TV spot hit the airwaves last week:
If you just can't get enough of the hype, then you can go back and watch the trailer released in November (and get Locke's fanboy take on it) here, and then see another full-length preview (and get my I-Have-No-Idea-What's-Going-On perspective on it) here. And then you just need to be patient and wait 5 1/2 more weeks… although something tells me we'll be barraged with even more clips, sneak peeks and promotional tie-ins before May 8th arrives.