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Star Trek XIII
Release date: 2016
13th of 13 Star Trek films  
729th of 825 released in all  
Directed by
Roberto Orci
Written by
Roberto Orci, J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay
Produced by
J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison

Star Trek XIII is the announced sequel to the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness, tentatively set to be directed by Roberto Orci for release in 2016.


Orci indicated the film would pick up with the characters during their five-year mission. [1]

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." [2]

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. [3] 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. [4]

J.J. Abrams has stated he would like more female characters in the sequel. [5] 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. [6] Orci has voiced support for having a gay character. [7]

William Shatner has been contacted about a possible role in the film. Along with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy has been rumored to appear, in a scene with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, as the future alternate reality versions of the characters. [8]

Zoë Saldana stated she would dislike it if Spock and Uhura broke up. [9] Bruce Greenwood has expressed hope that Christopher Pike could return in a flashback scene. [10]


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. [11] Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have added that Paramount is insisting on a 2016 release date. [12]

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. [13] 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." [14] 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." [15]

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." [16]

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. [17] [18] [19] 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'." [20]

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. [21]

In April 2014, it was revealed Orci had been lobbying to direct the film, but Paramount was reluctant to allow him, as he had never directed before. Bad Robot and Skydance Productions were supportive however, [22] and a month later, Paramount relented, offering Orci the director's chair. [23] Orci said in July 2014 that he was not technically directing the film until Paramount approved the script. [24]

On August 9, 2014, Orci revealed that he had finished a first draft of the script. [25] On August 27, 2014, Orci revealed that the casting process for other characters had begun. [26]

On September 18, 2014, Zachary Quinto stated that he expected the film to start shooting within the next six months. [27] On September 19, 2014, it was confirmed that shooting will begin in February of 2015, with a summer of 2016 release date. An official announcement will be made soon with a specific release date. [28]

As the domestic gross of Into Darkness, which stood at US$228.5 million, was less than the first film, Paramount has 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." [29]

On 29 September 2014 Mayor Park Wonsoon confirmed that he met with the producers including Jeffrey Chernov and confirmed Seoul in South Korea as one of the filming locations for Star Trek XIII. [30] According to, the film will be shot primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada which will also be used for outside filming locations. [31]

The working title for this sequel is "Washington" or "Washington Project". [32] [33]

Michael Giacchino is open to scoring the next film. [34]

Links and references





  • Marcos Arias - Writer
  • Chris Arnold - Art Department Assistant
  • Richard Bennett - Storyboard Artist
  • Andrea Carter - Art Department Coordinator
  • Steve Christensen - Art Director
  • Whitney Donald - Researcher
  • Jeff Frost - Concept Model Maker
  • Joel Harlow - Makeup Designer
  • Chris Henderson - Animator: Props
  • Dan Hermansen - Art Director
  • Tex Kadonaga - Set Designer
  • Master Lee - Action Coordinator
  • Don Macaulay - Supervising Art Director
  • Jeff Markwith - Set Designer
  • Harry E. Otto - Art Director
  • Jim Ramsay - Set Designer
  • Christopher S. Ross - Concept Illustrator
  • Aja Kai Rowley - Art Department Assistant
  • Janine Schiro - First Assistant Accountant
  • Sophia Tapia - Payroll Accountant
  • Alan Villanueva - Costume Concept Artist

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