'Star Trek 3': Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci returning to write

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Some of the old guard is starting to return to "Star Trek 3." There had been some rumors that Paramount and Skydance Productions would bring a pair of younger screenwriters to pen the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness" sequel, but instead they opted to stick with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman once again.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned the screenwriting duo is in negotiations to pen the next installment of the "Star Trek" franchise. Unlike "Star Trek Into Darkness," Damon Lindelof likely won't share a writing credit.

Meanwhile the site is reporting that Abrams is in negotiations to produce "Star Trek 3." There was some doubt about that considering his involvement with "Star Wars: Episode VII," but it would have been surprising for him to not even be involved on a producer level with the "Star Trek" franchise as it seemingly boldly goes on without him. In other words: don't expect to see Abrams directing this movie.

When Zap2it caught up with Orci at San Diego Comic-Con, he shot down rumors that Zachary Quinto said Abrams would direct and "Star Trek 3" would start filming in 2014.

"I'd love to have J.J. back. We're still talking to Paramount about what the scheduling might be and if we can all do it together again, but yeah I read that too and I was like, 'Whoa, does [Quinto] know something I don't? I'd better call him.' He owes me a call," Orci said with a laugh.

"Star Trek 3" does not yet have a set production start date or release date.

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