It was announced back in May that Star Trek franchise screenwriter Roberto Orci would direct the third installment in the franchise. We haven't heard anything from Orci since that announcement. Paramount Pictures is gearing up to release the movie in 2016 just in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary.
Orci recently was a guest on the new Geoff Boucher podcast, Humans From Earth, and he talked a little bit about Star Trek 3 and what we might expect to see. He explains that the crew has started their 5-year mission, and that it will take place in deep space.
"In [Into Darkness] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [Star Trek] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie. So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."
When asked about what aliens we might see this time around he said jokingly:
"The Horta is actually the villain in the next one – no – they are in deep space now, so lets see what’s out there."
I imagine he'll be introducing audiences to more new alien races, which is the spirit of the show and what the Star Trek franchise is all about — discovering new worlds, new life, and new civilizations. As much as I've enjoyed the last two Star Trek films, they seemed to lack that spirit. But with Star Trek 3, it looks like the crew's adventure is going to really begin.
Via: Badass Digest