Batten down the hatches, sci-fi fans, because J. J. Abrams is preparing to boldly go where he's already been before: the world of 'Star Trek.'

According to a report on MTV.com, 'Star Trek' actress Zoe Saldana recently revealed to the network that Abrams is in the process of hashing out a plot for a sequel to this year's blockbuster reboot of the venerable franchise, which brought in $257 million at the box office. That performance almost guaranteed a follow-up, with the main question being how soon it would enter production. Batten down the hatches, sci-fi fans, because J. J. Abrams is preparing to boldly go where he's already been before: the world of 'Star Trek.'

According to a report on MTV.com, 'Star Trek' actress Zoe Saldana recently revealed to the network that Abrams is in the process of hashing out a plot for a sequel to this year's blockbuster reboot of the venerable franchise, which brought in $257 million at the box office. That performance almost guaranteed a follow-up, with the main question being how soon it would enter production.

Now, thanks to Saldana, who played the driven communications expert Uhura, we know the answer: 2010.

"I spoke to J.J. and Bryan Burk, his producing partner at Bad Robot," Saldana told MTV, "and they are still in the middle of building the script with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and we'll probably be going into pre-production around this time next year."

That means 'Star Trek' fans could see the finished product as early as Christmas of 2011, though the amount of special effects work likely to be required could push the date back to summer 2012.

Of course, effect-driven blockbusters are nothing new to either Abrams ('Cloverfield') or Saldana ('Avatar'), so hopefully once they get the storyline worked out, the film will fall into place quickly. Which is good news for Trekkers, who have just one command for Abrams: "Make it so."
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