With a June 2012 release date currently set for Star Trek 2 Paramount may want to start filming in early Summer or late Spring. However, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are still working on the script and J.J. Abrams has yet to decide whether he’s directing.
He’s the latest on the sequel from Abrams himself, from IGN:
Q: How is Star Trek coming?
Abrams: There’s a script that’s being written by Damon Lindelof and Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman and I can’t wait to read it!
Q: So at this point, you’re not quite sure what’s in it?
Abrams: Oh, no. I’ve been developing the story with them, so I know the story. But they’re writing it and obviously I’m on the edge of my seat to crack the script open.
Q: Do you know when you might make the decision on whether you would direct it or not?
Abrams: Well, as soon as I get the script, that will be the thing. It’s just difficult to direct a film when you haven’t read the script, that’s all. But they’re hard at work, so…
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were hired to write Star Trek 2 way back in March 2009, but since then they have written and produced Cowboys and Aliens with Jon Favreau and have a bunch of other movies keeping them busy. Paramount will want to keep that June 2012 release date, so pre-production will likely begin soon and we can assume Abrams will once again be directing.