There Are Already Plans For Star Trek 3 And They Involve Klingons – But What About JJ Abrams?

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Patrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool

The Enterprise has finally left the dock again and has been circling the globe. Last night, they stopped off in London for the latest premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness.

As you’d expect from red carpet press, questions were already coming up about Star Trek 3. Perhaps they weren’t as premature as you might think, however.

Sometime Bleeding Cool contributor Ben Mortimer, working the line for HeyUGuys, managed to catch hold of Damon Lindelof for a moment. He admitted that, given how plans for Into Darkness were formulated before the first film was complete, we can safely assume that some work had already been done on the third instalment. He was suggesting that there are already ideas for:

this is what the plot is going to be, this is who the bad guy is, this is what they’re up against.

And even got a little more specific.

You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we’ve given the audience a little taste, but there’s also a promise that there’s a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see.

That is no by no means an outright confirmation but he’s certainly leading us to particular conclusions. The Klingons are iconic to Star Trek so, if anything, it’s perhaps surprising that it will have taken three films to really get into their story in the nu-Trek universe.

On top of that, when asked if Benedict Cumberbatch would be back for the next Star Trek, Lindelof said:

To answer that question would be to determine whether or not he actually survives this movie, but if he survives this movie, I think that we would be incredibly stupid to not use him again.

Our very own Michael Moran could tell you for sure if Cumberbatch’s character survives or not. He could also tell you who that character really is. But he won’t – his review is entirely spoiler free.

Away from Mortimer, Trekmovie.com seemed to have found an answer to the biggest question surrounding the third film: Will JJ Abrams be coming back? They tweeted:

And why not? Because the film seems to be on a schedule that would clash with Star Wars Episode VII.

While it seems to be everyone who isn’t Abrams himself is happy to say he won’t be coming back – okay, maybe not happy – the man himself has yet to make any such admission.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in the UK next Thursday, May 9th. The US release is set for May 17th.