While Paramount has yet to confirm whether "Star Trek" scribe Roberto Orci is directing the upcoming third film in the series, one thing that is official is that Orci is working on the script alongside Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.
Talking with TrekMovie this weekend, Orci confirmed the first draft of the screenplay has been completed: "P & M & I wrote 'fade out' yesterday on the first draft. Things are moving. First draft is done."
Filming on the next "Star Trek" is aiming to begin in the Spring with pre-production hoping to start at the end of this year or in very early 2015. That's all still in the air though until a director, budget and release date are locked down.
If things go to schedule though it would give the studio a robust 2016 Summer line-up with "Transformers 5," "Star Trek 3" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2".
Orci also revealed in the article's comments section that he will be working alongside former partner Alex Kurtzman on Universal's reboot of their Classic Monsters into a connected cinematic universe.