J.D. Payne, the new writer on Star Trek 3, is a Trek fan himself.
Payne’s love of Star Trek dates back to his teen years.
Payne’s work with J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot over the past few years led to the call to help write the new Star Trek movie. “I’ve done a few projects with J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot now,” he said. “We’ve developed a really solid working relationship. A friend over there came to us and said, ‘So we’ve got a new project to discuss with you guys. It’s very preliminary but…’ And we were just sort of waiting for it, and then they said, ‘It’s Star Trek Three.'”
The secrecy on the new film begins early. When asked about the next movie and what fans can expect, Payne said “I can’t really talk about much of what it is. At its core, Star Trek has always been about adventure, exploration and wonder, with an optimistic sense of the future, and all its possibilities. It’s a massive playground; we’re so excited to be diving in on it.
“Star Trek is unique in that it often grapples with complex ethical and moral dilemmas — we’d love to create a situation like that where you really could be a person of any background, and come down on both sides of how you should respond. Where you can walk out and say, ‘You know, I really don’t know what I would do. What would you do? What’s right to do?’ And get the audience to really engage.”
Star Trek 3 will be released in 2016, to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek‘s television debut.