‘Star Trek 3’ Could Hit Theaters In 2016

Star Trek 3 could arrive in theaters at some point in 2016.

Although Star Trek Into Darkness has yet to be released, producers are already eyeing a third entry in the series. Should the sequel make a mint at the box office later this year, then the studio wants to get another film off the ground as soon as possible.

During his interview with the folks at Digital Spy, producer Bryan Burk revealed that ideas are currently being kicked around at Paramount Pictures.

“We’re definitely talking about the next one,” Burk explained. “We don’t wait to wait four years, the same amount of time between the last one and this one. [We’re talking about releasing ‘Star Trek 3’ in 2016]. It’s going to be a big year to celebrate.”

Since Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams will tackle Star Wars: Episode VII for Lucasfilm, it’s unlikely he will return for another go-around. However, nothing about his involvement has been confirmed just yet.

While fans are waiting to see what happens with Star Trek 3, they can keep themselves busy with yet another Into Darkness poster. The latest promotional image for the film has been embedded below.

Burk said in his interview that Paramount and Abrams pay careful attention to how fans react to the trailer, posters, and images that are released online.

“It’s funny because when we did ‘Lost’ we would just gravitate towards things that people didn’t like or things that were confusing,” the producer said. “Even when talking to JJ, he will say, ‘What didn’t they like?'”

He added, “It’s not looking for affirmation as much as it is seeing if people are not liking something. We feel excited about Star Trek Into Darkness, we definitely feel this is better than the last one.”

The latest poster for Into Darkness lies below.

Star Trek Sequel

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller. The film will hit theaters on May 17.