In an interview with CraveOnline, Roberto Orci hinted about the possible direction Star Trek 3 might take.

When asked if the film will rely on classic Trek stories or stand on its own in the canon:

“Little bit of both,” Orci said. “Part of the fun of the freedom that we bought ourselves is that you can harmonize with canon and you can echo what’s come before, so you can do it in a new way.”

Source CraveOnline