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At the time of this article Star Trek Into Darkness has earned over $91 million, just under the $93 million made in the first five-day of Star Trek‘s release. In the eyes of Paramount that’s an under par release. To fans this translates as no Star Trek 3, but to J.J. Abrams, that’s illogical.

Even with the director being brought under the wing of Lucasfilm and attaching himself to Star Wars: Episode VII, Abrams has said not to count out the likelihood of a future installment of Trek. A sentiment he continues to back up in a recent interview,

The idea of working with these people again would be a thrill and a privilege. One of the reasons I wanted to do the second one was so I had a chance to work with this cast and crew again…It really would depend if there’s a third movie that the studio wants to make. It would depend what the schedule was. Would I be open to it? Of course  I would.

Would they be open to it? Of course Paramount would, they’d be foolish not to set up something after production wraps on Episode VII. An opportunity to pair up Abrams, co-writer Damon Lindelof and the producer Bryan Burk once again shouldn’t be missed. And speaking of the duo, Lindelof and Burk recently sat down with Cinema Blend to discuss some of the finer points to the twists and turns of Into Darkness. Read on after the jump.
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J.J. Abrams sure has a lot on his plate. Star Trek Into Darkness is releasing this summer, he’s been gifted the task of helming the first film in the new Star Wars trilogy, and then there’s the question of a third Star Trek film – how will he find the time? Speaking with Digital Spy, Abrams’ producing partner, Bryan Burk shed a little light on the future of the Star Trek film franchise.

We’re definitely talking about the next one, but we haven’t talked about a release date. We don’t want to wait four years, the same amount of time between the last one and this one, but [2016] is going to be a big year to celebrate, hopefully.

What’s the significance of 2016? Oh, only the 50th anniversary of Star Trek! And you know what a big deal a 50th anniversary can be, just take look at Whovian’s expectations. Having the third, and possibly final, Abrams’ Star Trek films releasing in 2016 is the perfect scenario. Whether it’s likely or not is another question.

2015 is still the rumored release date of Star Wars Episode VII, and while Abrams hasn’t publicly committed to that date he hasn’t refuted it either. Can he find the time to juggle both science fiction franchises and please the fans? Only time will tell.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17th.

Source: Screen Rant