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Star Trek Beyond is the sequel to the (2013) film Star Trek Into Darkness.
Producer Bryan Burk has commented that Paramount wants the third film to take less time to produce than Into Darkness, and that 2016 – the 50th anniversary of Star Trek – would be a logical year to release it.  Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have added that Paramount is insisting on a 2016 release date. 
Director J. J. Abrams has chosen to direct Star Wars Episode VII, so he will only produce the film.  Abrams noted "that having directed pilots and movies and then having seen subsequent directors work on those shows or do their own versions of those films – time and again I have seen it done better." 
In September 2013, Abrams acknowledged rumors that Rupert Wyatt could helm the sequel, stating "He's incredibly talented, and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go." 
Abrams has stated he would like more female characters in the sequel.  He also mentioned the sequel could fall back on abandoned story ideas for the characters. "There was [an idea] implying the sexuality of one of the characters, a back story for another character that was pretty intense, a really funny story we wanted to do with yet another. Hopefully, if there are future films, those other stories will get their moment," he said. 
Damon Lindelof said they would bring back the Klingons and that he would like to bring back Khan Noonien Singh, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.  However, Lindelof will not be collaborating again with Orci and Kurtzman on the script. 
On 2 November 2013, it was reported that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was Paramount's choice to direct the film, though reports differed as to whether or not he had already begun negotiations to join the project. According to Variety, Cornish was offered the film once before in May 2013 but had turned it down.    Abrams voiced his support for Cornish, stating "I don't know if [he] is the guy. My guess is that's up in the air. I adore him and love him and can't wait to see what he does next. Hopefully it will be 'Star Trek'." 
As the domestic gross of Into Darkness, which stood at $228.5 million, was less than the first film, Paramount have made the decision to film the sequel outside Los Angeles to save money. "We're making it for what it should have been shot for last time if we had made it outside of L.A., which we would have done except that [J.J. Abrams] didn't want to," a studio source told The Hollywood Reporter. "That was a $20 million issue." 
On 6 December 2013, it was announced that up-and-coming screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will be writing the script alongside Bob Orci. It was also announced that Alex Kurtzman would not be involved with the project due to work on the Amazing Spider-Man movies and other projects. 
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