'Star Trek,' J.J. Abrams and What's Next for the New Enterprise Crew?

Now that Star Trek successfully beamed up $72 million over the weekend (and $76 million if you count Thursday), it’s time to not only congratulate J.J. Abrams and his crew onboard the U.S.S. Rebooted Star Trek, but it’s also time to take a look (and a guess) at what’s next for this exciting new franchise.

With Trek, Abrams managed to do what no man had done before: make a Star Trek movie for everyone; something a die hard Trekkie would enjoy just as much as the oblivious 10-year-old kid who's never heard of Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock. Over on Cinematical, they ponder (in quite controversial fashion) what other franchises J.J. Abrams could rescue and rehabilitate, like Joss Whedon’s Serenity, Bryan Singer’s Superman, Wonder Woman or, God forbid, Back to the Future. Would you trust Abrams with another franchise, or do you feel he just got lucky with Star Trek?

And what about that sequel? We already know Paramount has kick-started the second Trek installment by ordering up a script from writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and the cast is no doubt signed on for at least three films. While Abrams probably won’t direct (dude likes to start things before handing them off to someone else in his crew), some have already started to talk about the next villain to follow the somewhat lame and tame Nero (Eric Bana).

Movieline already got the ball rolling by suggesting five actors who could potentially play the next Trek villain, like Matthew McConaughey as Khan, Cate Blanchett as The Borg Queen, Philip Seymour Hoffman as General Chang or Shia LaBeouf as Praetor Shinzon. A little jokey, yes, but it shows that talk has already begun and I wouldn’t be surprised if the next film featured more than one baddie. Will they be new to the Trek universe or an old foe? Which would you prefer?

Oh, and feel free to tell us what you thought of Star Trek, too!

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