Next Star Trek Won’t Arrive Till 2013
When JJ Abrams new Star Trek appeared in 2009 and rebooted the universe, we were supposed to get another installment set in that world almost immediately. After all, that was the entire point of all that alternate timeline mumbo jumbo: to give them a fresh start for the franchise.
It’s now 2011 and they still haven’t actually started filming another Star Trek, though they do have a script and things seem to be at least moving in that direction. Unfortunately, as we’d begun to suspect recently, Paramount Pictures has now confirmed that we won’t get another Star Trek before the year 2013.
The news was dropped in a conference call by Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. Ironically they’re full steam ahead with Transformers 4 and that, even though we just had a Transformers movie, may be out in 2013 as well.
Assuming Star Trek: The Next actually arrives in 2013 and isn’t delayed again, that means a nearly five-year gap between franchise movies. When the Star Trek franchise was really running in the 80s and the 90s, they usually averaged around three years between movies. Five years, for any franchise hoping to mine an established audience who keeps coming back for more, is a long time.