Paramount sign three writers for the next Star Trek

As Paramount Pictures readies for the release of its “Star Trek” relaunch, the studio is moving forward with a sequel.

Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have been hired to pen the screenplay. J.J. Abrams, who directed and produced the latest chapter, is onboard to produce the follow-up alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk. No decision has been made yet on whether Abrams will return behind the camera for the sequel.

While the story is still in the early stages, but the trio are aiming to deliver their script by Christmas for what would likely be a summer 2011 release.

Discussing the potential storylines, Kurtzman stressed that the writing team will wait to take a cue from fan reaction about which direction to go:

“Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month,” he said. “With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We’ll be ambitious about what we’ll do.”