Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, co-writers of director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, have broken the story for the sequel. The frequent collaborators, who are writing the second Trek screenplay alongside Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, spoke with Hero Complex and hinted that the next movie could pave the way for another sequel.
Orci said: "I don’t know that we’ve ever thought of it in terms of a trilogy. We thought of the first one as, 'How do we tell how this happened the first time and how do we free it so that it can go on forever without stepping on what came before.' So, if you were thinking of this movie as a second act, yeah, you would think of it as an Empire Strikes Back sort of story, but I’m not sure we’re thinking of it as a second act. I can’t speak for everybody on that, though."
Kurtzman added that good sequels "find ways to challenge their characters in ways that they couldn’t have necessarily been challenged with in the first movie because, as Bob said, the first is always, ultimately, an origin story. So now [with the second] it becomes about this family that’s together, so now it becomes about the thing that shakes them up and challenges them."