Star Trek Into Darkness star Zachary Quinto attended the Galway Film Festival on Friday, July 12, where he dropped a couple of bold and shocking statements about the accelerated shooting schedule of Star Trek 3, originally planned for a 2016 release date.

According to Spock himself, the sequel is moving at an expedient rate. This is his one and only exact quote.

"Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It's going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That's the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet."

BuzzHub reported this news before going onto reveal a couple other 'non-quoted' sound bites. Which means this second part of the story is highly suspect.

According to Zachary Quinto, J.J. Abrams will return to direct Star Trek 3. And he will be doing it the same year as he is set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, which could put the two films in direct competition at the summer 2015 box office.

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It seems nearly impossible that such a thing would be true. Though, Steven Spielberg did shoot Jurassic Park and Schindler's List in the same year. And he shot Poltergeist and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in the same year. All four are classics. Is J.J. Abrams truly going to try and pull off such a daring feat? Will people complain about both films being rushed?

Zachary Quinto was quite candid about Star Trek Into Darkness while it was in production, and often complained about how the script was written and re-written on the fly. The movie turned out to be a lot of fun for some audience members, but others have torn the sequel apart for being a mess of a story filled with too many plot holes to stand up to repeat viewings.

Zachary Quinto went onto say that he has no aspirations to be in Star Wars: Episode VII, giving no reason for why. He did, however, express his desire to appear in an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

What do you think? Is J.J. Abrams going to direct Star Trek 3 and Star Wars: Episode VII at the same time? If he does, is this a good thing for either franchise?

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