Just one day after Paramount Pictures brought on director Justin Lin to replace the departing filmmaker Roberto Orci on Star Trek 3, the studio has issued a July 8, 2016 release date for the highly-anticipated sequel. This means that the sequel will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series. As of now, Star Trek 3 doesn't have any direct competition in its new release slot, but it will debut one week after DreamWorks' The BFG and Warner Bros.' Tarzan on July 1, 2016, and one week after Fox's Ice Age 5 and Universal's Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel on July 15, 2016.
No story details have been confirmed at this point, especially after reports surfaced that Paramount scrapped the script which was being worked on by Roberto Orci and new writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Roberto Orci still remains on board as a producer, although it isn't clear if Paramount is seeking new writers to start over from scratch, or if Justin Lin will be tasked with updating the current script. There was also a rumor that surfaced back in Septmber that original Star Trek TV series stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will reunite in the sequel, but it isn't known if those plans are still in place.
J.J. Abrams, who directed 2009's Star Trek and last year's Star Trek Into Darkness, is also producing through his Bad Robot company. Although no cast members have been confirmed yet, franchise stars Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) are expected to reprise their roles in Star Trek 3.