With the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek this week, there's been a lot of talk about the next one. At this point in the game, there really isn't any concrete information but there is some ideas being thrown about. Sci Fi Wire dished out some information from Abrams himself.
The next Star Trek movie most likely won't be in theaters until 2012. Producer/writer Damon Lindelof thinks there's a small chance it could happen sooner (in 2011) if they get to writing it now.
What about the story? There's talk about time shifts (perhaps similar to LOST?).
Will we see Kahn? There's been hints that they may introduce the characters but they are not committed to that at this point. Coming Soon mentioned that they 'heard' that Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert on LOST, Batmanuel on The Tick) was being considered (even though it's not definite Kahn will appear).
"One of the things we like to do as storytellers is drop you in the middle of something," Lindelof said. "And the question that you're asking yourself is: Where am I in relation to the last time I left these guys? Could this be something that predated even, perhaps, some of the adventures that they had in the first movie? Does it happen five years later? Is it happening two seconds later? Who knows? So we're not going to tell you."
Apparently Spock and Uhura will see more of their relationship explored.
What about the speculation that Abrams might not direct? Abrams says he has every intention of directing it. But since there's no script, it doesn't make sense to talk about directing it right now. He says "in theory," he'll be available.
What would you want most in the next Star Trek movie?
On an unrelated note: here's the R2-D2 cameo from the first film if you haven't already seen it: