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|Star Trek XIII|
|Release date: 2016|
|←||13th of 12 Star Trek films|
|←||729th of 728 released in all|
Roberto Orci, J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay
J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison
J.D. Payne explained they were trying to come up with a classic Star Trek storyline, where "You should respond to this opportunity that the crew has that also has some pitfalls to it. [...] It's sort of the Adam and Eve thing, where should we eat the fruit or not eat the fruit? Well, there are some very compelling reasons why they should and why they shouldn't. So, similar kinds of things here that really give the whole movie an opportunity to sort of play with that, and have people come down on different sides and wrestle with it." 
Around the release of Into Darkness, Damon Lindelof hinted that the prospect the Klingons would declare war on the Federation would come to fruition, and that Benedict Cumberbatch would return as Khan Noonien Singh.  However, Lindelof is not involved with the sequel.
Patrick McKay implied the film may not have a villain, explaining that while he loved Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, he loved the other films "that have a little bit more of the character relationships and the humor and some more of the speculative sci-fi elements" too. 
J.J. Abrams has stated he would like more female characters in the sequel.  He also mentioned the sequel could fall back on abandoned story ideas for the characters. "There was [an idea] implying the sexuality of one of the characters, a back story for another character that was pretty intense, a really funny story we wanted to do with yet another. Hopefully, if there are future films, those other stories will get their moment," he said.  Orci has voiced support for having a gay character. 
Producer Bryan Burk commented that Paramount wants the third film to take less time to produce than Into Darkness, and that 2016 – the 50th anniversary of Star Trek – would be a logical year to release it.  Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have added that Paramount is insisting on a 2016 release date. 
J. J. Abrams, who directed Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, chose to direct Star Wars Episode VII, so he will only produce the film.  Abrams noted "that having directed pilots and movies and then having seen subsequent directors work on those shows or do their own versions of those films – time and again I have seen it done better."  McKay stated "Bad Robot, J.J., and his team are really at the heart of this movie's development. They are the guiding light by which we all do our work. J.J.'s been a key part of helping us spin this tale from the beginning, and if there are people who think that we've lost him to Star Wars this time around, that’s not the truth as far as we see it." 
In September 2013, Abrams acknowledged rumors that Rupert Wyatt could helm the sequel, stating "He's incredibly talented, and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go." 
On 2 November 2013, it was reported that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was Paramount's choice to direct the film, though reports differed as to whether or not he had already begun negotiations to join the project. According to Variety, Cornish was offered the film once before in May 2013 but had turned it down.    Abrams voiced his support for Cornish, stating "I don't know if [he] is the guy. My guess is that's up in the air. I adore him and love him and can't wait to see what he does next. Hopefully it will be 'Star Trek'." 
On 6 December 2013, it was announced that up-and-coming screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will be writing the script alongside Bob Orci. It was also announced that Alex Kurtzman would not be involved with the project due to work on the Amazing Spider-Man movies and other projects. 
In April 2014, it was revealed Orci had been lobbying to direct the film, but Paramount were reluctant to allow him, as he had never directed before. Bad Robot and Skydance Productions were supportive however,  and a month later, Paramount relented, offering Orci the director's chair.  Orci said in July 2014 that he was not technically directing the film until Paramount approved the script. 
As the domestic gross of Into Darkness, which stood at $228.5 million, was less than the first film, Paramount have made the decision to film the sequel outside Los Angeles to save money. "We're making it for what it should have been shot for last time if we had made it outside of L.A., which we would have done except that [J.J. Abrams] didn't want to," a studio source told The Hollywood Reporter. "That was a $20 million issue." 
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