Official Announcement This Week
After spending almost almost a year in development Star Trek XI has been given the green light by Paramount. TrekMovie.com has spoken to a number of sources in and around Paramount to confirm that last week’s news of JJ Abrams decision to direct the film was indeed the last step before the film could go into pre-production. An official announcement is forthcoming, but we are told it will not include any casting information. The announcement this week will be the first official word from Paramount on Star Trek XI since the release of the teaser poster at last summer’s Comic-Con. The release is likely to not include any plot details or even a name for the film, but we have previously reported that the film is an origin story for James T. Kirk and his relationship with Mr. Spock. TrekMovie.com has also reconfirmed the film is set to be released Christmas 2008 with production starting sometime this summer or fall.
Star Trek XI is to be produced by JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof with a script penned by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. JJ Abrams did work on the story with the writers, but it isn’t yet clear if he will get a ‘written by’ credit as well. Orci and Kurtzman also have an executive producer credit as do unit production manager Stratton Leopold and Bryan Burk. No word yet on any budget, although it is expected to be higher than any Trek film previously made.
The next major news on the film is likely to be casting announcements for the new Kirk and Spock. Of course TrekMovie.com will continue to monitor events update any additional news.