Last week a story cropped up about a leaked email purportedly from Paramount Studios indicated that the next Star Trek movie is a “go” and will begin filming next year.
Unfortunately, there’s not much real news about the sequel, such as filming schedules, confirmation of cast members, and so forth. The only thing Star Trek fans can bank on is that Hollywood likes money and likes franchises, and Star Trek scores pretty well on both fronts — the 2009 movie exceeded $250 million in domestic box office receipts, making it the fifth highest-grossing movie of the year, and Star Trek has legions of devoted fans.
Right about now, the world could use another dose of Star Trek — with its optimistic vision of a future in which humans are united on some great quest and have overcome racial and religious differences in the process. Let’s hope the sequel gets made on schedule.