TrekMovie.com is keeping an ear to the ground on what is happening now that Trek XI has got the official greenlight. Firstly we hear that even though the decision has not yet been made, there is growing support for the simple title ‘Star Trek.’ As for pre-production, it really has not started in earnest yet. Sources tell us that the script is going through a budgeting rewrite phase, which is typical. However various behind the scenes people are being lined up and told to get ready. The art department should be starting up in April with construction slated to start around June or July and shooting starting in October or November. Bear in mind that dates can easily move around (as they already have), but the release date of Christmas 2008 seems to be firm.
Regarding casting we are told that at least one of the leads has been cast and that it is not one of the rumored names (Sinise, Damon or Brody). Cast announcements should be made before the Summer. TrekMovie.com has also been told that some details of the films story may have changed from our earlier reports. Although it is still a TOS film that ’embraces canon’, some of the details previously reported here may no longer be part of the script. Sorry there isn’t more detail on this, it is more of a heads up.
One area where we are getting differing accounts is regarding stages. There are a number of (questionable) rumors going on around the Paramount lot. One says they may need a dozen stages and another that they may even shoot the film in London. However the most likely is that they will be using five or more stages at Paramount, possibly including stages 8, 9, 14, 15, and 18 (all of which have been used for Trek films and/or TV shows). Obviously these things cannot get finally nailed down until the budget and script are more final.
TrekMovie.com will continue to bring updates as we hear them