2009′s reboot of Star Trek was hugely successful (at least domestically), which is why it’s surprising it took four years for the follow up to come together, as 2-3 years is the standard model these days. 2013′s Star Trek Into Darkness was not as successful (at least domestically), and that may have been due partly to that delay. Which may be why the third entry is coming together that much quicker.
Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.
He also suggested that J.J. Abrams might helm it. Which means the actor may be talking out of his backside, as Abrams is surely tied up with Star Wars for the foreseeable future. But it’s also likely that Paramount wants to move forward with a new Star Trek film, as the new film looks like it will turn a profit, and it improved its international numbers. That said, the film seems to be now viewed as a disappointment, perhaps because the mystery regarding the film’s antagonist soured some fans.
But if they do move forward with shooting a sequel next year, that would mean their release date is likely to be in 2015, when Abrams is supposed to have Star Wars: Episode 7 in theaters. But right now there’s no script or director, so if what Quinto is saying is true, we should start getting word about it shortly. It seems unlikely that Paramount will want to wait until Abrams is done with Star Wars as that would mean another four year break between films.
What do you want out of a new Star Trek III?